April 14, 2020, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:
Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 4/14/2020
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 275
Positive results: 29
Pending results: 5
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 15
Admitted patients discharged: 12
Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.
Overall volumes at Valley View remain consistent and manageable. The hospital continues to care for positive COVID-19 patients as the nature of their illness requires this level of care. Valley View’s physician practices are utilizing telehealth to care for patients. For patients who require an in-person assessment for respiratory concerns, Valley View has respiratory support clinics established for patients with a referral.
“The fact that we are able to successfully manage the volume of patients demonstrates the important and powerful impact of physical distancing and other public health measures. We are grateful to everyone in our community for their role in helping slow the rate of COVID-19 spread. Thank you for continuing to work together to best protect our providers and staff so that we can care for those who are sick,” stated Brian Murphy, MD, CEO of Valley View.
Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are sent to outside laboratories to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.
Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This is a cumulative number.
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.
Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to another hospital for a higher level of care, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.
“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” With limited testing resources, specimens are collected from only hospitalized and/or high-risk patients with a physician referral. This means that a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent to an outside lab. “High risk” means those with the greatest risk for severe disease, complications and death.
“What is the turnaround for test results?” At this point, Valley View is receiving test results in approximately 24 to 48 hours.
“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization. “What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.