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Hoyer: West Virginia on track to have 500 COVID hospitalizations by Labor Day

By Charles Young, WV News

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s hospitals are on track to have 500 COVID-19 patients by Labor Day, James Hoyer said Thursday.

A tabletop exercise, which will determine potential strategies for backstopping and supporting the state’s hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities when this “benchmark for concern” is reached, is set for the beginning of August.

“Right now we are on a path, should things not change, somewhere right around the Labor Day (Sept. 5) time frame to be at that 500 mark in the hospitals,” said Hoyer, who leads West Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts.

While the state had the capacity to care for more than 800 hospitalized COVID-19 patients a year ago, the benchmark was revised to 500 in early June due to staffing shortages and other logistical concerns…

To read more: https://www.wvnews.com/news/wvnews/hoyer-west-virginia-on-track-to-have-500-covid-hospitalizations-by-labor-day/article_2581c4c4-0374-11ed-9e5a-f35a2bcd036b.html

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