October 3, 2022

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Health care workers speak out about COVID-19 surge

The strain of the current COVID-19 surge is being felt at medical facilities all across New Hampshire.Dr. Jeffrey Munson has been leading Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s critical care component of the COVID-19 response since March of 2020. He says the current surge is the worst he’s seen so far during this pandemic.”This has now been the largest influx of patients that we’ve ever taken care of. They’ve been the sickest of the patients we’ve ever taken care of,” Munson said. “It’s been, by far, the hardest time to be doing what we’re doing in the last three months.”Munson said the current influx of coronavirus patients could have dire consequences for non-COVID-19 patients who need access to intensive care. “The truth is we are so busy managing the volume of cases of COVID that we simply can’t promise that we’ll be able to be there for all those other illnesses,” Munson said.COVID-19 patient Fred Rutherford sees a straightforward solution. He is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. Rutherford was not vaccinated when he was admitted to the hospital. He had a change of heart after the virus wreaked so much havoc on his lungs that his son had to carry him out of the house to get him to the hospital.”When I’m out of here, I do plan to get vaccinated. So, I think that if you have an opportunity as a human being, for each other, is to take care of each other, to get vaccinated, to protect each other,” Rutherford said.According to New Hampshire health officials, 56{5dfd1de9da59c0c38ca6720e3c60aa45adf7724498a16e1572e038fdc81a6ae9} of state residents are fully vaccinated. Those who have not received a shot can find vaccination sites by heading to COVID19.nh.org.

The strain of the current COVID-19 surge is being felt at medical facilities all across New Hampshire.

Dr. Jeffrey Munson has been leading Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s critical care component of the COVID-19 response since March of 2020. He says the current surge is the worst he’s seen so far during this pandemic.

“This has now been the largest influx of patients that we’ve ever taken care of. They’ve been the sickest of the patients we’ve ever taken care of,” Munson said. “It’s been, by far, the hardest time to be doing what we’re doing in the last three months.”

Munson said the current influx of coronavirus patients could have dire consequences for non-COVID-19 patients who need access to intensive care. “The truth is we are so busy managing the volume of cases of COVID that we simply can’t promise that we’ll be able to be there for all those other illnesses,” Munson said.

COVID-19 patient Fred Rutherford sees a straightforward solution. He is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. Rutherford was not vaccinated when he was admitted to the hospital. He had a change of heart after the virus wreaked so much havoc on his lungs that his son had to carry him out of the house to get him to the hospital.

“When I’m out of here, I do plan to get vaccinated. So, I think that if you have an opportunity as a human being, for each other, is to take care of each other, to get vaccinated, to protect each other,” Rutherford said.

According to New Hampshire health officials, 56{5dfd1de9da59c0c38ca6720e3c60aa45adf7724498a16e1572e038fdc81a6ae9} of state residents are fully vaccinated. Those who have not received a shot can find vaccination sites by heading to COVID19.nh.org.

https://www.wmur.com/article/workers-for-dartmouth-hitchcock-health-speak-out-about-the-toll-the-covid-19-surge-is-taking/38682810