KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Knox County’s vaccination charges stay beneath the nationwide common and the case depend continues to rise.
A touring nurse is seeing these traits firsthand not solely in Tennessee but additionally in Florida. Lisa Zinser lives in Powell however works at a hospital in South Florida.
“I got here to Miami as a cell nurse 5 years in the past and I’ve a house in Powell,” he stated. “I similar to this hospital and the cash was so significantly better than East Tennessee, so I took a full-time place.”
He took per week off from work to spend time with household, and when he returned, his hospital was stuffed with COVID-19 sufferers.
He stated that in per week his hospital went from having 28 sufferers with COVID-19 in his constructing to having 104,
“I’m a surgical nurse and now we have canceled all elective surgical procedures. Principally, we can’t accommodate some other affected person who is available in for outpatient or elective surgical procedures as a result of we haven’t any mattress to put him. “
Zinser stated he’s seeing the second rise within the pandemic,
“All of our non-COVID models are actually COVID models. We now have sufferers in an auditorium who’re receiving IV medication for COVID. ”
She provides, “We have now 38 sufferers proper now in our emergency room ready in our hospital beds, even folks within the vents.”
They’re seeing so many COVID sufferers that they’ve to show folks away.
“Now that we’re at full capability now we have diverted our ambulances to different hospitals as a result of we can’t carry extra. we will not take any extra. “
Zinzer is worried that what he is seeing in South Florida may occur right here in Knox County subsequent,
“It is coming they usually actually ought to contemplate getting vaccinated now earlier than there’s a rush on the final minute.”
47 % of Knox County residents are absolutely vaccinated in response to the Knox County Well being Division. That is just under the nationwide common of 49.four %.
“It is the true deal and it is overwhelming for the well being care system,” Zinser stated.
Greater than 14 hundred persons are at the moment in Knox County Hospital.
Zinser stated: “I do not need folks to suppose that ‘oh, I am wholesome, I haven’t got to fret’, as a result of there are various younger individuals who have the identical perspective and they’re all on this hospital. round me.”
He stated that in two weeks his COVID-19 numbers within the hospital have risen 159%.