JMHCC waging COVID-19 battle
The conference room at Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center (JMHCC) in Elgin is walled with whiteboards, scrawled with words and arrows diagramming how the hospital will continue to provide topnotch care while still keeping beds available for more patients. It’s a battle plan, of sorts. Because on the main floor, a COVID-19 unit has been established, where local hospital staff faces the daily grim realities of a pandemic.
As of Monday, Grant County has reported 50 cumulative positive cases and 17 active positive cases, according to the N.D. Department of Health. Grant County has also moved from a lowrisk “green” phase to a moderate-risk “yellow phase” in the health metrics guidance by the N.D. Department of Health.
“Masking and social distancing are no joke. Right now, the best thing we can do for everybody is see if we can bend the curve. Right now, my hospital is full. I have somebody sitting in the ER waiting for a bed,” Dr. Elizabeth Sundberg said in the midst of the increase in cases last week.
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