Friday, September 10

Mountain Health Network hospitals reach all-time high level in COVID-19 patients

Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) and St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC), both members of Mountain Health Network (MHN), have reached an all-time high in the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Earlier this week, there were 115 patients total hospitalized at CHH and SMMC. That surpassed the previous peak of 109 in December 2020.

As of 10 a.m. today, there were 105 patients total hospitalized at CHH and SMMC. 86% of those are unvaccinated against COVID-19. 31 patients total are in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), with 97% unvaccinated. 19 MHN patients require mechanical ventilation, with 95% unvaccinated. Two of those on ventilation are pediatric patients.

“The numbers in our hospitals show that the COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalizations due to COVID-19,” said Larry Dial, MD, chief clinical officer, MHN. “We know that the COVID-19 vaccine is the best tool we have to end this pandemic and so we continue to urge everyone 12 and older to get the vaccine.”

This week, West Virginia hospitals reached a new record high in the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs, as well as in the number of patients requiring mechanical ventilation. Hospitals across the state are also reaching new record high in COVID-related hospitalizations. A new report by the health news website,, shows West Virginia currently has the highest rate of acceleration of new COVID-19 cases in the country, more than 60% higher than the state with the second-highest rate of acceleration, South Dakota. Ohio ranks fourth, while Kentucky comes in at No. 22.

“The aggressive Delta variant is spreading rapidly across our area,” Dr. Dial said. “The best way to slow down this spread is getting more people vaccinated.”

MHN officials encourage the utilization of their urgent care facilities for minor injuries and illnesses, such as sprains, simple fractures, and minor cuts and burns. Life-threatening emergencies and those that pose a risk of disability, such as heart attack or stroke symptoms, should be treated in the emergency department.

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