Guadalupe Regional Medical Center COVID-19 Update: December 9, 2020

As of December 8, 2020, Guadalupe County is reporting 5,303 COVID-19 cases. The total number includes 4,346 recovered, 205 confirmed active cases, and 75 probable active cases.

Numbers of COVID-19 Patients at GRMC: Currently GRMC has 18 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. 7 of the 18 COVID-19 patients are in the ICU.

GRMC Number Trends: The numbers of COVID-19 patients at GRMC have been trending up since Thanksgiving and our emergency department has seen an increase of patients presenting to be seen for flu or COVID like illness. GRMC’s 7 day moving average of new COVID-19 admissions is 3 per day and the 7 day moving average for COVID-19 hospitalizations is 16 per day. This information represents average numbers from our facility alone.

Incident Command Center: GRMC has reactivated its command center to continually assess and respond to COVID-19 issues as they arise. Last week GRMC opened an additional critical care unit for non-COVID-19 patients.

STRAC Allocation of Resources: Due to the recent uptick of COVID-19 hospital admissions GRMC reached out to South Texas Regional Advisory Council (aka STRAC) for staffing assistance. At this time we have received assistance in the form of respiratory therapists and travel nurses who help us care for these high acuity COVID-19 patients.

Vaccine Information: GRMC has no information on COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public. The State of Texas is distributing a first wave of vaccines to hard-hit metropolitan areas of Texas and GRMC expects to receive an allocation as part of the second wave of State distribution. At this time GRMC does not have confirmation on when it will receive vaccines or how many it will receive but we have been in communication with the Texas agencies that are responsible for distributing vaccines. Medical personnel that provide direct patient care are the highest priority for initial distribution.