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QC Hospitals Not Overwhelmed with COVID-19 Patients


While continuing to take care of COVID-19 patients, Quad Cities hospitals and clinics are also getting ready to resume elective health care. 

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Bob Erickson, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health Trinity, says social distancing and stay-at-home restrictions are working.

And he says, "Thank you!" to the community for helping the hospitals and employees by following CDC guidelines. At the peak, the system had about 50 COVID-19 patients, but that's dropped to around 40 over the past several days. 

Doug Cropper, President and CEO of Genesis Health System, is also grateful to Quad Cities residents and businesses. He says the system has "seen many fewer patients than anticipated." It also had around 50 coronavirus patients, but that number is now 20 to 15. 

Thirteen Genesis employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 12 who work for Unity Point Health Trinity. All of them have recovered, and keep in mind most picked it up through community spread, not at work. 

Hundreds of local health care workers are laid off or on temporary furlough. Cropper also says administrators have been asked to take voluntary cuts in salary. He says Genesis lost $10 million in March and more than $20 million in April. Erickson says UnityPoint Health Trinity revenue is down 50-60%.

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