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Alexandria Hospital Still at Half Capacity, Hospitalizations Not Going Down

Inova Alexandria Hospital remains at about half capacity, and the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is not going down, according to a hospital spokesperson.

As of yesterday, the hospital was treating 59 patients for COVID-19, and the hospital system has capacity for more patients.

“Inova’s overall numbers remain steady — no surges — but also not going down,” a hospital spokesperson told ALXnow over email. “Do not be afraid to come to the hospital. Delaying the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a potential emergency condition can put you at greater risk – especially if you have symptoms of a stroke or heart attack.”

The spokesperson would not comment as to how Alexandria Hospital conditions have changed, or how the worst part of the pandemic compares to now. Visitation is still restricted, although earlier this month Inova resumed elective procedures and patients are allowed to be accompanied by a companion.

The pandemic has also led to massive layoffs across the Inova system, as 427 non-clinical positions were eliminated. The spokesperson said that direct patient care has not been impacted by the action.  

There have been 34 deaths in Alexandria and there are 1,577 confirmed cases.

With the Northern Virginia economy set to reopen on May 29, Inova is advising the public to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with continued social distancing, wearing face masks and washing hands.

Staff photo by James Cullum

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