Williamson Medical Center issued a public statement Monday updating the community on a rise in COVID-19 cases seen at the hospital.
According to WMC, there has been a 633% increase in COVID-19 patients over the past three weeks. As of Monday, there were 22 COVID-19 patients at WMC and seven in the CCU, up from three on July 12.
The hospital’s COVID-19 census was zero on June 5, the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, and was zero again on June 17.
The hospital also said in its statement that a high percentage of its current COVID-19 patients were unvaccinated.
“As with other hospitals, more than 95% of our patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated,” the statement reads. “Those few cases of ‘breakthrough’ infections in people who have been vaccinated generally have shown much more mild symptoms. Overall, the average age of current patients is younger than during previous peaks.”
The Delta variant is now the most prevalent strain of COVID-19 in the U.S. and locally, according to WMC. Research has also shown the Delta variant is much more contagious and may lead to more serious infections than the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19.
“WMC strongly encourages members of the community who are not yet vaccinated to please reconsider,” WMC’s statement said. “We believe that vaccines are working as is evidenced by the low numbers of ‘breakthrough’ infections and the milder symptoms of those who are vaccinated and do test positive for COVID-19. The vaccines continue to demonstrate high effectiveness against the Delta variant in preventing severe symptoms, hospitalizations and deaths. Vaccines also remain the most effective way to reduce the risk of complications from COVID-19 and to protect our loved ones.”
The hospital is encouraging the community to wear a face covering when in a public place, regardless of vaccination status; maintain at least 6 feet of distance between others; and wash hands frequently. WMC requires universal masking at all times in WMC facilities.
To stay informed about COVID-19, visit www.CDC.gov or call the Tennessee Department of Health patient hotline at 877-857-2945 with questions.