Guadalupe Regional Medical Center COVID-19 Update: September 2, 2021

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center has been experiencing a surge in the number of COVID-19 admitted patients at our facility for the last seven weeks. GRMC is currently caring for 38 COVID patients in addition to our non-COVID census.

The 7-day moving average for COVID hospitalizations is 33 per day. The 7-day moving average for new COVID admissions is 6 per day. GRMC has recently seen a minor reduction in the number of patients presenting with active COVID-19 disease requiring hospitalization and has received transfer of critical care patients from other facilities as bed availability allows.

GRMC Statistics: As of today, GRMC has seen 1,022 hospitalizations for COVID-19 disease since the pandemic began.
95% 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 Continues: GRMC has received 20 clinical staff from the State in response to our State of Texas Assistance Request and continues to supplement staff through private agency contracts.

This COVID-19 surge of patients has stressed GRMC systems as we work diligently to care for the high volume of critical care patients with limited additional staff. Please know that we are here to care for you but that Emergency Department wait times and routine communications with family may be delayed. We are holding some admitted patients in the ER as they await bed availability and this can impact response time.

Since June 30, 2021, GRMC has administered 596 infusions of monoclonal antibodies to outpatient COVID-19 patients. 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 Guadalupe County and off-duty paramedics to provide this outpatient service to our high risk populations. Infusions are for treatment of active COVID-19 disease and should not be confused with the protective effect of vaccination.

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://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/