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Joyce Endee

Huggins Hospital handling increased Covid-19 cases


September 16, 2021
WOLFEBORO — According to the Center for Disease Control, as of Sept. 14, Carroll County is in the high risk range of Covid-19 incidence. That includes 99 cases and an 8.52 percent positivity rate with 15 new hospital admissions.

Closer to home, Wolfeboro has seven new cases, bringing the active case load to 22. Tuftonboro has 3 new cases, bringing the town case load to seven active. Ossipee has six new cases, with a total of 17 active cases.

Huggins Hospital's Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services, Susan Dionne, RN, attests to the impact of area increases, noting "We are balancing the ICU capacity daily based upon patient acuity and available critical care nursing resources. We are seeing an increase in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 throughout our organization, including in our Drive Up Testing service, our Emergency Department, our Medical/Surgical unit and our ICU."

Asked how the hospital is managing the New Hampshire wide deficits of nursing staff, Dionne responded that Huggins Hospital has had to utilize, as it typically does in the summer season, traveling nurses and other contract labor to help manage the influx in demand on services.

"This year, we have had to rely on those contracted services more as we experience even more demand on services, issues with staffing, and our focus on new services that are specifically developed to serve those with COVID-19," she added.

The CDC says that 68.9 percent of the county's population is fully vaccinated. Dionne encourages everyone to be vaccinated as soon as possible "in order to protect themselves, their family, our healthcare workers and our entire community."

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