The COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend life for everyone, but FirstHealth remains steadfast in its commitment to caring for people across the Sandhills.
Doctors and staff continue to shift priorities and work heroically to meet the needs of our communities.
Below are some key numbers to consider from the month of September and the most recent efforts to help bring the pandemic to an end.
FirstHealth has performed more than 170,000 COVID tests since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, and September was the busiest month yet. FirstHealth hospitals and clinics completed more than 19,500 tests, or about 650 per day.
FirstHealth staff and providers have cared for more than 3,000 hospitalized COVID patients in FirstHealth hospitals since the beginning of the pandemic. COVID hospitalization rates hit record highs in August with more than 100 COVID-positive patients being cared for at FirstHealth hospitals in a single day.
FirstHealth has administered nearly 80,000 COVID vaccines through its Operation FirstShot clinics. This number will only continue to grow as FirstHealth plans to hold booster clinics in the communities we serve.
FirstHealth has given more than 600 monoclonal antibody treatments to COVID-19 patients. Those who may be at high risk for developing severe COVID-19 may be eligible for monoclonal treatments.
FirstHealth implemented a COVID Care at Home program to help decrease emergency department visits through early intervention and at-home management of patients with COVID-19. FirstHealth distributed 539 kits that contained spirometer, digital thermometer and other care items. Patients were encouraged to participate in FirstHealth’s monitoring program. More than 150 patients were admitted into the program with more than 1,700 monitoring days of service provided.