Post-holiday case rise feared in Lubbock hospitals

Lubbock seeing post-holiday COVID increase

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Data from the Texas Department of State Health Services continues to show a rapid increase in the spread of coronavirus in Texas and record high hospitalizations.

Lubbock hospitals seem to be no exception to that statewide trend. Executives with Covenant Health in Lubbock say holiday gatherings may be to blame for an increase in hospitalizations.

“About the time we said, ‘well maybe this is starting to go away,’ we had a sudden uptick today,” Dr. Craig Rhyne, chief medical officer Covenant, said.

Before Thursday, the number of hospitalized patients in Covenant was gradually decreasing. Many of the new cases are more than likely because of family gatherings during the holidays.

“From historical evidence, it’s family gatherings, almost more than anything else,” Rhyne said.

Now, Covenant is virtually at capacity again.

And as a new strain of COVID is identified in the state, there is an uneasy feeling among the staff.

“The good news is, we think the vaccines that are being pushed out right now to health care workers primarily, will help stem that new variant as well,” Rhyne said.

Texas DHS says the state is in a dangerous situation that continues to get worse. The warning remains the same for all Texans, stay at home and stop the spread.

“Once we’re past the Christmas-New Year’s season, we may start to see a little bit of discipline come back into the local society,” Rhyne said.

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