Renown CEO: ‘I am really worried’ as number of patients with COVID-19 quadruple

Renown CEO on COVID-19’s personal toll: ‘Sometimes all you can do is hold someone’s hand’

As of Monday, Renown has 188 patients in the hospital with COVID-19, including 27 who were admitted into the hospital’s alternative care site located in the hospital’s parking garage that opened last week to house an overflow of sick patients. There are also more than two dozen patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units.  

Since the pandemic started, Renown typically had about 40 people hospitalized with COVID-19 at any given time but in the last week those numbers are three and four times that level.  

Extra medical equipment is seen in the parking garage at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno on Nov. 11, 2020.

Fatigued health care workers

Slonim said medical workers  are tired and front line nurses, doctors, technicians, pharmacists are ill from COVID-19 and other things because they are under a lot of stress. 

“In Northern Nevada we are in a terrible crisis because our front line heroes have been working overtime for the last seven, eight months trying to keep people healthy and get them back to health if they have become ill because of the COVID virus,” Slonim said.