Vidant Medical Center begins surge capacity plans amid increased COVID-19 community spread

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:57 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Increased community spread of COVID-19 has led Vidant Medical Center in Greenville to start enacting its surge capacity plans.

Vidant officials say that the surge capacity plan includes creating additional bed capacity.

The hospital system continues to ask the community to help aid in slowing the spread of the virus.

“Our team members are not immune to community spread and we need them to be healthy in order to care for the community. We continue to ask everyone to do their part to help stop the spread: avoid gatherings, wash hands often and wear a mask,” Vidant Health said in a statement.

The hospital system said it is currently treating 218 COVID-19 patients.

On Monday, Vidant said its virus testing site processed 1,300 collections, the most to date.

The system says that positivity rates remain high and are currently about 20%.

Vidant Health statement on surge capacity:

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