AdventHealth transitions to normal operations, with decrease in positive COVID tests
From the AdventHealth Central Florida Division . Corporate Communications
The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across AdventHealth’s Central Florida system remained on a downward slope this week to about 850 as the hospital returned to normal operations or “green status.”
“I think it is really important for our patients to understand that we are now operating as usual,” said Dr. Neil Finkler.And Chief Clinical Officer of the Central Florida Division of AdventHealth, at AdventHealth Morning Briefing on Thursday. “We understand that COVID will be with us and we will need to understand how to care for COVID patients while also caring for others who need care in our community.”
Finkler warned that the epidemic is not over and the number of patients is now at the same level the health care system saw during the peak of January. He said the community still needed higher vaccination rates and safety precautions such as masks and frequent hand washing.
The move to “green” is a reflection of AdventHealth’s continuous learning and improved efficiency in reviewing its staff, space, equipment and supplies to adapt to virus levels.
Dr. Tim Hendrix said the rate of positive virus tests at Centra Care, the healthcare system’s urgent care clinics, also fell this week to 12.5%, about half the figure about six weeks ago at the height of the delta-variable boom. C., chief medical officer of Centra Care.
He also said he has seen increased demand for the vaccine as a result of the delta increase as more people are suffering from severe illness or the death of a loved one.
Finkler said the vast majority of hospitalized COVID-19 patients remain unvaccinated.