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Williamson Medical sees peak in COVID-19 patients within state's highest one-day case increase

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Williamson Medical Center officials shared the hospital had a new peak of 14 hospitalized COVID-19 patients Monday following a period of zero coronavirus patients for “a good portion of June.”

The previous peak in COVID-19-related hospitalizations at the hospital was 12 at one time in April.

“We currently have 14 patients in-house with COVID-19,” said Dr. Levi Benson, the clinical business development officer at WMC. “Five of them are critical. Two are on the ventilators, so we are busier than we were in April when we were at our previous peak.”

He said the age range of patients is currently 40 to 90 years old.

Julie Miller, WMC chief operating officer, said the hospital is currently at around 70% capacity for COVID-19 patients, explaining capacity varies between coronavirus and non-coronavirus patients and can increase with the suspension of certain services.

“It depends on how big of an influx we get,” she said. “Based upon that influx, decisions would have to be made again of whether we would start canceling elective surgeries, whether we would stop other services, and as that moves, our capacity increases because then you would use alternate care units for a CCU patient or a medical patient.”

Monday also marked Tennessee’s highest day-over-day increase in COVID-19, with 3,314 new cases according to the Tennessee Department of Health, bringing the state’s total cases to 65,274, of which 27,529 are active. Williamson County saw an increase Monday of 176, bringing the total to 1,939, of which 1,189 are active (roughly 0.5% of the county’s population).

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