LA GRANDE – A virtual Town Hall meeting was held Wednesday night hosted by Grande Ronde Hospital with Jeremy Davis, President and CEO talking about hospital capacity and concerns that are being seen both locally and regionally that can impact care in eastern Oregon. Wednesday night, Davis made the remarks and said, “Grande Ronde Hospital is doing OK, but I say that very cautiously.” Davis went on to say, “The staff at Grande Ronde is tirelessly working to take care of our community during the COVID pandemic. Currently, there are no ICU beds available in eastern Oregon.” Often patients are transferred to larger hospitals, at this time those hospitals are unable to accept new patients. Emergency Room visits have increased across the region, including Morrow, Umatilla, Wallowa, Union, Baker, and Malheur Counties showing a 200 percent increase in visits seeking emergency services.
Davis pleads to Union County and surrounding areas if not vaccinated, please speak with a health care provider, and have a discussion before saying no to the vaccine. Also, wear a mask, Davis said he understands it’s uncomfortable and you may think it’s insignificant in stopping the spread of the virus but it definitely makes a difference. And lastly, Davis said, if you are feeling ill, stay away from large gatherings and stay home and avoid contact with others.
More on the town hall meeting can be viewed in its entirety at Grande Ronde Hospital | Facebook