SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — The Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth has posted a warning on social media: “This is an announcement we never wanted to make: Our ICU is at capacity.”
The lack of hospital beds is due to an influx of COVID-19 patients, according to the medical center.
The post states SOMC is concerned about the lack of resources for non-COVID patients.
“The dramatic increase in COVID hospitalizations means there may not be a bed available for those who wake up with chest pains. Or those who suffer a stroke. Or those involved in a car crash,” the post reads.
SOMC says, “we are being stretched to the breaking point,” and says the community can help by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, and social distancing.
“For more than a year, this pandemic has loomed over all of us. It will take all of us to make it stop,” SOMC says.
On Monday, Southern Ohio Medical Center posted a letter from leadership at nine Ohio hospitals, pleading with Ohioans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“What we are experiencing is very real,” the letter reads. “It isn’t a political issue. It’s a medical issue. When we look at our patient data, a vast majority of hospitalized COVID patients have not received the COVID vaccine.”
In addition to SOMC, presidents and CEOs from Adena Health, Fairfield Medical Center, Hocking Valley Community Hospital, Holzer Health System, Madison Health, Memorial Health System, and OhioHealth Berger and O’Bleness hospitals signed the letter.
“Historically our respective county residents have banded together during times of struggle,” the letter reads. “That’s what we love about the resiliency and grit. Whether it was a fire, tornado, or flood, you have stepped up to support one another in times of crisis. We ask that you do it again. Our communities are in crisis. We ask that you rally together and extend grace instead of being divided.”