Lexington Medical's COVID Volumes Didn’t Rise Every Day This Week, But Still Trending Up

By Jordan Lawrence | jordan@lexingtonchronicle.com
Posted 1/21/22

Lexington Medical reported 146 COVID patients on Friday, with 16 vaccinated and boosted, 39 vaccinated without a booster and 91 unvaccinated. 

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Lexington Medical's COVID Volumes Didn’t Rise Every Day This Week, But Still Trending Up

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This week, for the first time since Lexington Medical Center resumed reporting COVID-19 hospitalization figures on Jan. 6, the number didn’t go up every day.

But the hospital still ends the work week with more coronavirus patents than it had on Monday.

Lexington Medical reported 146 COVID patients on Friday, with 16 vaccinated and boosted, 39 vaccinated without a booster and 91 unvaccinated. 

142 were hospitalized on Thursday, with 13 vaccinated and boosted, 36 vaccinated without a booster and 93 unvaccinated. The highest number for the week came on Wednesday, when the hospital reported 151 coronavirus patients were hospitalized with 13 vaccinated and boosted, 33 vaccinated without a booster and 105 unvaccinated. 

145 COVID patients were hospitalized on Tuesday, with 10 vaccinated and boosted, 29 vaccinated without a booster and 17 unvaccinated. 137 were hospitalized on Monday, with nine vaccinated and boosted, 33 vaccinated without a booster and 95 unvaccinated.

Last week, Lexington Medical Center's reported data showed COVID hospitalizations climbed from 98 on Jan. 11 to 112 on Jan. 14.

“COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community and at our hospital,” the hospital said on social media Wednesday, echoing previous posts about its coronavirus numbers. “We urge community members to wear a mask, get vaccinated and if eligible, get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

23 COVID patients were in Lexington Medical’ Center's ICU on Friday, with no one vaccinated and boosted, six vaccinated without a booster and 17 unvaccinated. 21 were in the ICU on Thursday, with no one vaccinated and boosted, six vaccinated without a booster and 15 unvaccinated. 25 were in the ICU on Wednesday, with one vaccinated and boosted, seven vaccinated without a booster and 17 unvaccinated. 22 were in the ICU on Tuesday, with one vaccinated and boosted, four vaccinated without a booster and 17 unvaccinated. 23 were in the ICU on Monday, with one vaccinated and boosted, four vaccinated and 18 unvaccinated.

Prisma — the Midlands’ other major hospital system, which also has a big presence in the Upstate — likewise saw its hospitalizations go up, but not by as much as last week

It reported 647 COVID patients on Wednesday,  Jan. 19; 628 on  Jan. 13; 587 on Jan. 12; and 416 on Jan. 5.

At Lexington Medical, the positive rate among the hospital’s COVID tests remains high.

Reported data showed 1,107 tests were performed on Thursday, with a positive rate of 47% — the only day this week that the rate slipped below 50%.

1,727 tests were performed on Wednesday, with a positive rate of 50%. 1,229 tests were performed on Tuesday, with a positive rate of 51%. 929 tests were performed on Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), with a positive rate of 58%.

Overall in Lexington County, 13,718 tests were performed Monday through Wednesday, with a positive rate of 36.7%, per state Department of Health and Environmental Control data. Statewide, the agency’s data showed that 157,225 tests were performed Monday through Wednesday, with a positive rate of 34.1%.

DHEC data shows that last week, Jan. 10-16, 39,569 tests were performed in Lexington County, with a positive rate of 30%.

Lexington Medical’s reported data showed that it ended last week with 715 tests performed on Sunday, Jan. 16, with a positive rate of 49%. For Monday through Thursday last week (Jan. 10-13), the hospital’s reported daily testing totals never dropped below 1,500, with positive rates that never dipped below 44%. The highest positive rate reported last week came on Wednesday, Jan. 12, with a mark of 48% from 2,111 tests.
 

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