ZANESVILLE – Genesis has returned to normal operations after sending some of its incoming patients to other area hospitals Thursday evening through Friday morning.
According to Kelley Daspit, director of Marketing and Public Relations, the Emergency Department at Genesis had to implement a temporary diversion "due to an extremely high volume of patients and a lack of available critical care beds."
She said the cause was mainly due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms.
On Dec. 1, Genesis reported 41 COVID-19 hospitalizations at its facility.
"This caused our inpatient census to reach the maximum threshold for safe care of patients," Daspit said.
During that time, the hospital turned away patients coming in by ambulance with non-life-threatening conditions.
Those undergoing acute emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes or traumas were accepted by the ED, Daspit said.
"This is standard operating procedure anytime the ED has a high volume of patients and when other resources necessary for the care of severely ill patients are not available," Daspit said. "It is used by all EDs in Ohio."
On Thursday, more than 9,100 cases of COVID-19 were reported throughout the state, reaching the highest level since September.
Additionally, 3,916 hospitalizations were reported in Ohio related to COVID-19.
The last time numbers were that high was in January during the peak of cases that winter.
Dr. Jack Butterfield, medical director at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, said vaccines are working.
Of the 487 active COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday, 12 of them were among vaccinated individuals or .02 percent.
Muskingum Valley Health Center is offering COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, as well as flu shots, by appointment at its locations in Coshocton, Guernsey Morgan and Muskingum counties.
Boosters are now available for anyone 18 and older who has received their initial series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago or their initial dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine at least two months ago.
This article originally appeared on Zanesville Times Recorder: Patient overload at Genesis causes brief diversion