Hospitals issue alert as they near capacity

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Three southern West Virginia hospitals have put out an alert about potential problems with capacity and treatment amid the surge of Covid 19 patients.

Beckley ARH and Raleigh General Hospitals put out notices they were experiencing a high volume of Covid patients being admitted to the hospital. Officials say for the moment they are not at a level where they may have to divert patients away from their facility, but warn on the current track they may reach such status.

Raleigh General officials in a statement indicated hospitality capacity, including bed availability, is fluid and can change quickly. Similar statements were issued for hospital and care facilities in Princeton and Welch.

Health officials urged masking regardless of vaccination status when in public. They also said vaccinations are critical protection to stem the tide of positive cases.

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