Sky Lakes Medical Center says COVID-19 hospitalizations are down, closes additional COVID-19 unit

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore—Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, says it’s seeing fewer covid cases at the hospital. NBC5 News first told you earlier this month, that the hospital was being stretched thin, with an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The hospital opened a 2nd Covid Isolation Unit earlier this month, but saw a decline in cases, and says it no longer needs it. Tom Hottman, a spokesperson for Sky Lakes, says it was seeing numbers in the high teens. Friday it only had 6 covid patients.

“The numbers were creeping up, creeping up, creeping up, and finally hit that high watermark, stayed there for a short time, and now the water is beginning to recede so we’re still not out of the flood zone but it’s getting a lot better,” said Hottman.

Sky Lakes has since opened a walk-in vaccination clinic, open 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. Klamath County Public Health, says the current positivity rate for the county is 17%

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Jenna King
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.