Sentara unveils COVID-19 dashboard

Published 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Sentara Healthcare has unveiled a new public dashboard that indicates the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients by hospital location.

The data will be updated daily from Monday until Friday, and Sentara said in a news release it is designed to allow the public to understand COVID-19 hospitalization trends in their respective communities. It also indicates the percentage of COVID-19 patients out of the total number of hospitalized patients.

The dashboard is available here.

At Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, it has 31 confirmed COVID-19 patients as of Sept. 28, and they make up 17% of all hospitalized patients.

Across Sentara’s South Hampton Roads hospitals, it currently has 162 COVID-19 patients at its five Virginia hospitals — Norfolk General, Leigh, Virginia Beach General, Princess Anne and Obici. It does not count its Albemarle Medical Center hospital in Elizabeth City, N.C. Across all of those hospitals, COVID-19 patients make up between 8% and 25% of its in-patient population.

“We continue to see high numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 patients across Sentara Healthcare,” it states. “The large majority of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. This trend is occurring across the nation.

“The increase in hospital capacities — which are compounded by COVID-19 but not due solely to COVID-19 — and nation-wide staffing challenges are leading to longer wait times for all patients, especially in Emergency Departments, and increased workloads for healthcare heroes who have endured the brunt and burden of this pandemic over the last 18 months.”