Josephine County doctors explain COVID-19 hospital crisis to community

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. —Josephine County Commissioners met with health officials Tuesday, to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 surge.

A panel of Asante doctors told the community about the crisis in its hospitals. The group broke down the capacity limits it’s running into.

Asante Three Rivers Medical Center has a 12-bed ICU, but now, there are 16 patients in it.

It’s created a second ICU, for patients without COVID-19. It’s also full.

“We have just seen every single day, more and more and more COVID-19 positive admissions, 94% percent of our COVID-19 inpatients are unvaccinated,” said Laura Magstadt, VP of Nursing at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Josephine County reported 110 new cases Tuesday.

NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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