New Mexico COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline

“All staff from all departments gathered and shook tambourines, and my nurse, Dana Morgan, who was there from the start, rolled the patient out,” said Clinical Nurse Manager Dominick Armijo. “It was so emotional.”

Santa Fe Hospital officials told KOB 4 it was a turning point in their two-year battle with the deadly virus.

“We’re actually shifting the containment units — as this is a different phase and we’re all stocked with vaccines — to try and include them with the general population,” Armijo said.

Since the last COVID spike in January, hospitalizations across New Mexico have fallen rapidly from 713 to 107 on Thursday.

In Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico Hospital has also converted its COVID units back to regular units. Officials said there were fewer virus cases but the hospital was still overwhelmed.

“We remain at over 100% occupancy,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Irene Agostini. “There has been a lot of delayed treatment and people haven’t seen their doctor, and so their chronic medical problems often get worse. Also, as the weather warms up at the University of New Mexico Hospital, we see more trauma. “

Armijo said St. Vincent is seeing a similar surge in patients unrelated to COVID.

“There are a lot of telemedicine events now and if you need to come to the hospital by all means do it, but let’s just think more about what we do when we visit the hospital.”

Even with full beds, both hospitals are happy to see fewer COVID cases and are ready if the virus picks up again.

“It’s kind of exciting, but we’re really – I’m really cautiously optimistic because of the variations that are going on,” said Armijo.

“Cautious optimism is a great concept,” said Dr. Agostini. “We’re moving forward by changing some of our ways of doing things. However, we continue to monitor other parts of the country and what is happening in Europe to see if the COVID numbers will rise.” New Mexico COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline

Brian Lowry

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