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Maryland Hospital Association: State's Hospitals Very Close to Capacity

Across the state, there has been another steep uptick in Marylanders needing hospitalization for COVID, plus other conditions. Most hospitals are over 90% full, with many at 100%. Hospitals will take care of everyone, but wait times are longer. The Maryland Hospital Association urges the public to use hospital resources sparingly. If you or a family member has a life-threatening emergency medical need, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.

For less severe needs, consider using care providers in your community. “Help preserve hospitals’ limited resources by seeking hospital care only when truly needed,” says Bob Atlas, President & CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association. “Seek care for less severe illnesses in primary care, urgent care, or via telehealth. You can also help by getting a flu shot, boosting against COVID-19, and social distancing when sick.”

The Maryland Hospital Association provides tips to help stay well and protect others:

1. When around larger groups, maintain social distance and wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth

2. Get tested for COVID if you have symptoms or if a family member or close associate tests positive

3. Stay home if you are sick

4. See your primary care provider early to prevent illness and when injured

And, a controversial tip for some, the MHA says to get the booster shot for Covid 19. They also recommend the flu vaccine.

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