Health Officials Worry About Labor Day Weekend Covid Surge
CHARLOTTE, NC – There are growing concerns about another COVID surge following the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Millions of people traveled in the past four days. This as hospital space around the country dwindles.
74,000 people packed into Bank of America Stadium for the Saturday night college football game.
Last week, health officials made their concerns known.
“We know there is going to be lots of activity. People are going to be gathering. It’s going to be more and more important for us to do the things that we know are going to help prevent the spread of this virus,” said Gibbie Harris, the Mecklenburg County Health Director.
Now people are getting tested and vaccinated..
“So many people coming in and out of town. People go to different places and catching it,” said Latasha Stokes, who was in line at StarMed Health.
A representative from StarMed health says they tested 277 people on Monday. They anticipate the numbers rising in the coming days and weeks as more and more people get sick and less people are wearing masks.
“You’re gonna be in a situation where you’re gonna have to make some very tough choices,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Across the county, hospitals are strained. Facing staff shortages and increasing COVID patient load especially in Texas, Florida, and Georgia.
“The emergency department is full and the hospital is full. We’re unable to place many patients,” said Dr. James Black, the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Medical Director of Emergency Services
In North Carolina there are more than 4100 hospital beds available. Including 269 ICU beds.
In South Carolina there are about 1800 hospital beds available, including 300 ICU beds
Cases in children continued a steady climb. With health experts saying the best defense is vaccination.
“Surround the children — be it friends, family, school teachers, personnel in the school — surround the children with vaccinated people,” said Fauci.