LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A spike in COVID-19 cases is slamming some Bluegrass hospitals, which are forced to see patients in hallways and chairs when beds aren’t available.  

Doctors are working to see as many patients as possible and as quickly as they can in the most effective way. When hospitals run out of beds or when staffing is low, tough decisions must be made, on which patients get to be the first in line for care.  

“We have admitted patients throughout the department, patients being evaluated in hallways, in chairs, in triage. This is not the ideal situation, but it is unfortunately how it has to be right now with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said FOX 56 Chief Medical Contributor. Dr. Ryan Stanton.  

Stanton said if you have a condition that can be managed by your doctor or walk-in clinic to do so and to avoid filling up the ER waiting areas.  

“So, the combination of the increase volumes increases as a 25 to 30% and the staff shortage is right now have put the healthcare system especially the front end of the healthcare system in a critical point,” said Stanton.  

Hospitals are also seeing the largest volume of non-COVID emergency-related incidents. Stanton describes it as ER’s are “bursting at the seams.”  

“We are seeing a lot of flu, RSY, human metapneumovirus, adenoviruses, and the standard things that happen throughout the year and especially throughout the year,” said Stanton.

But there is good news according to Stanton.

“Thankfully, we’re not seeing a huge spike in ICU admissions and death associated with omicron but by no means that means we are seeing a decreasing volume within the hospital and within our emergency departments,” said Stanton.