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Decatur-Morgan Hospital officials worry about running out of resources as coronavirus cases climb

Pulmonologist Dr. James Boyle explained resources are limited and eventually they could run out.

Posted: Dec 21, 2020 11:53 AM
Updated: Dec 21, 2020 3:13 PM

Decatur-Morgan Hospital officials say they're worried about what could happen next if coronavirus cases continue to spike in the county.

In a news conference Monday, Pulmonologist Dr. James Boyle said while they aren't at that point yet, eventually they could run out of resources.

Right now, the hospital is using 16 ventilators for coronavirus patients. 

Eighty-five percent of beds in the Intensive Care Unit are occupied by coronavirus patients. All of the hospital's beds are being used.

"We now realize that it is quite possible that we will exhaust all of our resources and we may have to decide which patients get the resources we have available," said Boyd. 

He added that they're concerned about a post-Christmas coronavirus spike. They're encouraging everyone to stay home and separate this holiday.

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