COVID straining local health resources
Last updated 10/19/2021 at 11:46am
Courtesy Northern Montana Health Care/File photo
Northern Montana Hospital Scrub Technician Mark Dilley prepares instruments for surgery. Northern Montana Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Kevin Harada said the surge of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has made cutting back on non-essential services like elective surgeries has had to become a nearly daily conversation at the hospital. Harada said they haven't had to cut back yet, but he is concerned that they may need to if things get worse, which remains a distinct possibility. Hill County had 14 residents hospitalized as of the county health department's COVID-19 update Monday, with three Blaine County residents with COVID-19 hospitalized. Harada said Northern Montana Hospital has taken care of patients with COVID-19 from several other Montana counties and even from out of state.
Editor's note: Due to the conditions of the pandemic and safety concerns, Northern Montana Health Care would not allow Havre Daily News into Northern Montana Hospital to take photographs for this story.
Northern Montana Hospital remains packed as the area's health care system buckles under the weight of the delta variant-driven COVID-19 surge.
Northern Montana Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Kevin Harada said the hospital has been extremely busy, to the point where cutting back on non-essential services has had to become a nearly daily conversation.
Harada said they haven't had to cut back y...
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