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Rutland hospital reopens COVID unit

Published: May. 17, 2022 at 4:07 PM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 6:32 AM EDT
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - A closed COVID unit is back online at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Rick Hildebrant, the hospital’s chief medical information officer, says that’s because they have a double-digit number of COVID patients.

They converted a segment of the fifth floor into a negative pressure unit. There are also COVID patients in the ICU, not because they all require that level of care, but because they’re running out of room. The unit was closed in January, but Hildebrant says the pandemic has forced them to be adaptable.

“This is analogous to measles, which is the most contagious illness mankind has known. So, very, very contagious,” Hildebrant said.

No visitors are allowed in the reopened COVID unit.

Hildebrant says if you’re not vaccinated and boosted, now is the time.

Rutland County reported 41 new cases of the virus Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, Vermont health officials reported 211 new coronavirus cases for a total of 129,464. There have been a total of 654 deaths. The state’s percent positive seven-day average is 14.7%. The current number of hospitalizations is 67 with 6 in the ICU. Click here for the latest weekly surveillance report.

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