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Colquitt, Madison hospitals reach patient capacity due to COVID-19

COVID-19 coronavirus hospital nurse
Posted at 6:38 PM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-13 15:24:46-04

COLQUITT, Ga. (WTXL) — Colquitt Regional Medical Center said Thursday it is under 'Code Triage,' meaning the hospital is over capacity and working to create additional space for patient care.

On Friday, Madison County Memorial Hospital activated a Diversion Protocol, which means that it has temporarily stopped accepting EMS patients due in part to an increase in coronavirus patients at the hospital and across the region.

CRMC released the following statement:

Colquitt Regional is currently under a Code Triage. We are over capacity and actively working to create additional space for patient care. This will result in some patients being placed in semi-private rooms. Our 24-bed Emergency Department currently has 50 registered patients. Our 10-bed ICU is full with 5 other patients receiving critical care while awaiting admission to that unit. At this time, we are urging individuals to ONLY use the Emergency Department for EMERGENCY care.

Also, if you have loved ones in the hospital, please consider calling or Facetiming if appropriate instead of visiting them in our facility. We understand this will not work for everyone, but decreasing the visitor traffic in our hospital will help us manage our current patient volume.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please keep our staff in your prayers at this time.

MCMH released the statement below:

MCMH informed local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Madison County Office of Emergency Management (MCOEC) that its emergency room would be going on temporary diversion effective August 13, 2021.

This Diversion is a temporary countermeasure that hospitals can activate to minimize the number of critical care patients a hospital can take care of.

Although the hospital’s emergency room is still able to provide care to walk-in patients during an ambulance diversion, while experiencing an unusually high number of critical care patients, the number allowed to be received by ambulance is limited.

The hospital has temporarily stopped accepting EMS patients due in part to an increase in coronavirus patients at Madison County Memorial Hospital and across the region.