Officials with the Williamson Medical Center announced July 17 that the hospital was currently at 70% capacity for beds allocated for coronavirus patients, and that the hospital would cancel all elective surgeries requiring an overnight stay effective July 21.
“As the Tennessee Department of Health reported a record number of hospitalizations this week, WMC also hit a new peak in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, doubling the highest number of admitted patients since the onset of the pandemic in March,” the statement reads. “While this changes at any given moment, at present WMC is currently treating 21 hospitalized COVID-19 patients ranging from 40 to 90 years of age, with and without underlying health conditions.”
The release from WMC also states that COVID-19 testing for those with no symptoms or do not meet testing criteria will temporarily halt due to increased demand for testing.
According to the release from the medical center, the staffing situation is “critical” due to more coronavirus infections from WMC employees and their household members, and the cuts in services are being done in an effort to limit the impact on available staff and save resources.
“The number of WMC employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have a household member who is positive has increased dramatically in accordance with overall trends across the state,” officials with WMC said in the release. “This has created a critical staffing situation and we are making adjustments to ensure appropriate care for all patients at WMC.”
WMC is currently accepting mask donations from the community in order to bolster the amount of personal protective equipment it has available for its staff, and the hospital is once again encouraging Williamson County residents to follow CDC guidelines by maintaining social distancing measures, regularly disinfecting frequently washed surfaces, washing hands often and wearing masks while in public spaces.
“While we are prepared to provide COVID-19 care, we continue to safely serve all healthcare needs. WMC continues to urge patients not to delay routine or urgent medical care. Telehealth services are also available,” the press release states. “Your health is always our priority. We appreciate the community’s support as we continue to navigate this critical health situation.”