Guadalupe Regional Medical Center COVID-19 Update: August 5, 2021

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center as well as the San Antonio region have been experiencing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases for approximately three weeks. GRMC is currently caring for 27 COVID patients in addition to our non-COVID census.

GRMC Statistics: The 7-day moving average for COVID hospitalizations is 23 per day. The 7-day moving average for new COVID admissions is 4 per day.

96% of patients currently hospitalized at GRMC for COVID-19 are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated. Following CDC guidelines, GRMC considers people who are two weeks out from completion of second doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one dose of the J&J vaccine to be “fully vaccinated”.

GRMC encourages the public to continue to practice prevention measures. Get vaccinated if your family doctor says you are an appropriate candidate.

GRMC’s Surge Response: During prior COVID-19 surges in our community, GRMC staff was supplemented by state sponsored travel nurse programs which enabled us to set up temporary units in non-traditional care areas to accommodate the volume of critical care patients. Those resources are not available this time, therefore we do not have staffing to open additional units. Hospitals in San Antonio are experiencing similar challenges.

Some patients who test positive for COVID-19 with mild to moderate disease and risk factors for progression to severe disease are candidates for monoclonal antibody infusions. GRMC has been working with our local medical community to provide this outpatient service to our high risk populations. In the last 8 days GRMC has administered infusions to 70 persons. Infusions are for treatment of active COVID-19 disease and should not be confused with the protective effect of vaccination.

Texas Statistics: Per the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), COVID cases and hospitalizations are rapidly rising due to the Delta variant. As of August 5, 2021:

  • 10,912 new confirmed cases
  • 76 newly reported fatalities
  • 8,130 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information: If you are looking for local COVID-19 testing or vaccine locations please contact your local family physician and/or pharmacy or try the following websites:

https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html#tx
https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/