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Mid-Tenn. hospitals issue joint warning... they fear being 'overwhelmed' by COVID-19 surge

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Middle Tennessee’s hospitals are worried about the recent surge in new cases of COVID-19.

Administrators at the St. Thomas, Tristar, Meharry, and Vanderbilt hospital groups issued a joint statement Tuesday urging mid-state residents to help keep “our hospitals from being overwhelmed and safeguard the reopening of our economy.”

Data provided by the Tennessee Department of Health shows the number of people admitted for hospital care statewide has risen 45 percent since October 1. The number of patients moved into intensive care is up 36 percent. The number of those requiring a ventilator is up 37 percent since the month began.

Franklin’s Williamson Medical Center and Columbia’s Maury Regional Medical Center have both released recent statements saying they are nearing capacity.

In their joint announcement, the four hospital groups asked area residents to limit the spread of the illness by “wearing masks, washing hands and staying socially distant — including not participating in large gatherings.”

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