State sends in reinforcements to PAM North to help with rise of COVID-19 cases

VICTORIA, Texas– Victoria county still dealing with a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. This spike has caused a strain on Post Acute Medical North. Now the state has sent in nurses to help.

The spread of COVID-19 in Victoria County has caused a strain on medical staff at Post Acute Medical North causing the hospital to bring in state nurses to help patients with COVID-19.

We received five of those nurses, yes, and a couple of our other hospitals we received anywhere between eight and nine. Some of them did have military hire or current reserve but the one in Victoria is strictly state-funded,” said Emily Gard, Chief Clinical Officer for Post Acute Medical.

Emily Gard says Post Acute Medical North is all about providing top care to their patients. Bringing in nurses from out of state has helped alleviate some of the strain on local nurses.

“So we actually reached out probably about two or three weeks ago just to put our name out there that this is something we would like to do because of the influx in the Victoria market,” said Gard.

On June 12th, Victoria County had a total of 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Now, a month later, on July 12th, the total number of COVID-19 cases sits at more than 1,700 confirmed cases.

“From the community standpoint, we’ve always kinda been the designated COVID hospital, especially in Victoria North. So we were able to take a higher amount of COVID, more higher acuity patients with the extra help that we have,” said Gard.

Gard says the additional state nurses will really help as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Victoria County.