To speed COVID 19 vaccinations South Carolina mulls limiting elective procedures

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  • January 20, 2021
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The news comes after McMaster penned a letter last week to the South Carolina Hospital Association, asking hospitals to voluntarily lower the number of nonessential procedures amid staff shortages and a rising demand for a faster vaccination pace. Fox News has requested comment from the association. One hospital executive said the issue lies in predictable supply, instead of staffing.”Predictable supply continues to be the thing that limits the ability to go faster,” Tod Augsburger, Lexington Medical Center CEO, told the outlet. The hospital reportedly received 950 doses on Jan. 11, and 3,000 the week prior. On Monday, McMaster tweeted that he was visiting hospitals to witness distribution.”Today I began visiting hospitals in our state to see first-hand how they’re handling the significant responsibility of vaccinating South Carolinians,” he tweeted. “Some hospitals are doing a great job. Others aren’t. We MUST speed this process up, and we will.”Dr. Brannon Traxler, interim public health director, also refuted reports of dose wastage but said officials will continue monitoring surveillance data. State data shows a percent positivity exceeding 17%, and nearly a quarter of the state’s total deaths were reported in the last 30 days. Hospitalizations continued to increase over the last month, with over 2,300 patients hospitalized due to COVID-19, and over 400 in intensive care.

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