COVID-19 Update: Michael's Weekly Update for February 8

February 8, 2021

Dear Providers,

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, I want to reflect on the accomplishments of Chester Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Genetics Division Chief at Le Bonheur and professor of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics at UTHSC. Dr. Brown earned a spot on a prestigious list of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by the journal, Cell Mentor. He provides exceptional care for children with genetic disorders and champions groundbreaking research that helps children now while setting the stage for helping future generations of children. Dr. Brown is making Black History today that will have an impact for years to come, and we can all take pride that he is a member of the MLH family. 

Across our community, COVID trends for most metrics continue to move in the right direction. Community-wide hospitalizations are now less than half the COVID census of early January. And the COVID test positivity rate is below 10%, a goal set by the Shelby County Health Department as a marker of significant progress.

These favorable trends are reflected on this week’s milestone comparisons chart, along with a new statistic: the number of vaccines administered. We know COVID vaccines are a game changer in this battle, so it’s reassuring to see the remarkable progress we’ve made in vaccine administration in recent weeks.

Milestone Comparison Chart

Metric

MLH Phase 2 Re-opening

Mon May 18

MLH Summer Peak

Fri July 31

MLH Year to Date Peak

Mon Jan 4

One Week Prior

Feb 1

Current Week

Feb 8

MLH Vaccine Doses Given

NA

NA

6,400

16,609

18,058

MLH COVID-Positives

51

148

271

126

108

MLH COVID PUIs

30

24

5

2

1

MLH COVID ICU Census

26

66

79

34

32

MLH COVID on Vents

9

30

43

16

15

MLH Deaths

38

146

521

648

669

MLH Available Beds

435

63

10

28

24

Community-wide COVID inpatients*

NA

384

615

317

263*

Shelby County Cases

3,761

20,082

68,753

80,954

82,845

Shelby County Deaths

85

275

921

1,262

1,357

DeSoto County Cases

386

3,062

15,142

18,370

18,783

DeSoto County Deaths

5

26

141

201

217

*As of Feb. 5, the most recent available data.

As we begin another week, our COVID-positive inpatient census at MLH is 108, slightly higher than yesterday’s 103, but substantially lower than last Monday’s 126. Our percentage of patients in active treatment or fully recovered continues at 96.1%.

Regional

Cases

Deaths

MLH Cases - YTD 

Inpatient Summary

Tennessee

744,600

10,469

Patients Tested

113,859

Confirmed Positives:

108

Shelby Co.

82,845

1,357

Positive Patients

16,963

in ICU: 32
on Ventilators: 15

Mississippi

281,678

6,269

Admitted Patients (IP/OBS)

5,913

PUI (Results Pending):

1

   DeSoto Co.

18,783

217

Deaths

669

in ICU: 0
on Ventilators: 0

as of 8 a.m.

as of 8 a.m.

There were 65 patients boarding in our EDs this morning, down from 71 on Sunday morning. Critical care bed availability is up to six, compared to two on Sunday, and we had 18 med/surg/stepdown beds available this morning, down from 33.

PPE supplies remain in the green zone for all items. We begin the week with our blood supply still in the yellow/2-day supply zone as blood provider Vitalant continues to make the transition to a new testing platform.

Chief Mission Integration Officer Rev. Dr. Albert Mosley asked Rev. Dr. Joe Ranager to offer Words of Comfort for this week. Please take a moment to read and reflect on Joe’s message

While this pandemic has brought heartbreak, loss and economic challenges, the silver lining is a dramatic decline in flu cases and deaths. In a Local24 news story, UTMP infectious disease specialist Dr. Shirin Mazumder noted that the infection prevention behaviors we are following to limit the spread of COVID have led to dramatically lower flu numbers. There were 22,000 U.S. flu deaths last year, but through January 16 of this year, there were fewer than 300. Clearly, good hand hygiene, masking and social distancing are having a positive impact and saving lives. Thanks to each of you for following those public health measures. You are truly making a difference.

Michael Signature

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