BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Patients seeking medical services in northern Vermont and northeastern New York can hope to experience reduced delays under a plan released Tuesday by the University of Vermont Health Network.
The network says it will hire more people during national staffing shortages, reduce wait times for specialty care and increase the capacity of hospital inpatient and emergency care.
UVM is under severe strain, the network said, due to a rapid increase in patient demand for care that was delayed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. That delay means many patients are sicker when they arrive at the hospital and so need more intense care.
Network CEO Dr. John R. Brumsted called the plan robust and said it would “shore up the system in the near-term and address structural challenges that have plagued hospitals for years.”
Earlier this year, the state said it was launching an investigation into the wait times at the network, but UVM officials say the plan released Tuesday isn’t in response to that.
On Wednesday the Vermont Department of Health reported 327 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to more than 36,350.
There were 47 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 14 in intensive care.
The state reported 340 people have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, up one from Tuesday.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 202.57 new cases per day on Sept. 27 to 217.14 new cases per day on Oct. 11.
The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 1.71 deaths per day on Sept. 27 to 2.29 deaths per day on Oct. 11.
The Associated Press is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.