By Staff

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – MedStar said on January 6 that the average number of potential COVID-19 patients treated by their crews each day is higher than ever before.

Between January 1 and 5, the average number of potential patients rose to 146 per day, a 112% rate of increase from November that MedStar described as “concerning.”

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MedStar also said that the number of patients treated on scene and not transported to area hospitals under their COVID Non-Transport protocol has increased, up 600% from November.

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“Under the COVID Non-Transport protocol, patients exhibiting low-acuity signs and symptoms of COVID-19 who are clinically stable are not transported to a hospital. Instead, they are provided education and materials to help them get medical care in a more appropriate setting, such as with their doctor, or other primary care resources,” said a MedStar spokesperson.

The MedStar spokesperson noted that these case counts “eclipse the case counts we saw during the last peaks in August and September.”

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While some officials have suggested that lower hospitalization rates could indicate that the rapidly spreading omicron variant is less severe than the delta or wild-type COVID-19 viruses, they could also be a result of improved access to tests and/or a product of the much high transmissibility of omicron.

MedStar said it will “continue to encourage science-based, CDC-recommended practices such as masking, personal hygiene, and COVID-19 vaccines for those who may have not had the opportunity to do so.”

The nonprofit company is planning to hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Fort Worth on January 14 from 12-6pm at their headquarters in Fort Worth. Everyone five and older is eligible to receive the vaccine, and third-dose boosters are available for everyone 16 and older.

Preregistration is required and vaccines are available by appointment only. Minors must be accompanied by a parent to receive the shot.

More information can be found about the clinic below.

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