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COVID Patient Influx Requires Parrish Medical Center to Activate its Overflow Tent

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (August 6, 2021)— Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors, and employees. Today, Parrish Medical Center had to activate its overflow tent in an effort to decompress its high emergency department volumes and provide a safe place to treat lower acuity, non-COVID patients.

Parrish Medical Center reports its current hospital census at 130 hospitalized patients, up from 111 hospitalized patients yesterday. Of those 130 patients more than 63 are COVID positive (up from 59 yesterday); 20 patients are holding in the Emergency Department to be admitted; and 19 of those patients (up from 13 yesterday) are on ventilators requiring ICU level care. The hospital has had to further stand up a second ICU since it has exceeded the capacity of its 12-bed ICU and add more negative pressure rooms. Almost half of the hospital’s inpatient rooms now operate as negative pressure rooms.

“The current surge of COVID patients is stressing every healthcare system and hospital to their limits. We can’t express enough the gratitude we feel for our healthcare heroes who are giving everything they have to support our community in this unprecedented time of need,” said Parrish Medical Center President/CEO George Mikitarian.