Northside Hospital Cherokee

Northside Hospital Cherokee

Northside Hospital Cherokee has seen a significant increase in patients admitted with cases of COVID-19 over the past three weeks, according to Dr. Todd Martin, director of internal medicine at the hospital.

“We’re busy,” Martin said.

Martin

Dr. Todd Martin

The emergency department at Northside Hospital Cherokee has been rated as severely overcrowded, according to the state Department of Public Health’s Georgia Coordinating Center.

There were around 50 people hospitalized with the coronavirus at Northside Hospital Cherokee, up from around 10 when the increase in COVID-19 patients began, according to numbers Martin presented Tuesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reporting 54 hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the past week in Cherokee County as of Tuesday.

Of these currently being treated at the hospital, a majority were unvaccinated Martin said. He added the trend seen right now is that those affected are mostly people in their mid-20s to early 40s, a younger demographic than seen during earlier case increases.

“We are above 100% capacity,” Martin said. “Our ER is working super hard right now.”

With cases in the area continuing to trend upwards, Martin recommended people get vaccinated, and socially distance themselves and wear a mask when in public.

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