The recent surge of COVID-19 cases and spread of the Delta variant has resulted in the delay of non-emergent surgeries requiring overnight hospital stay at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center for Monday, November 15.
The Mason City hospital says they are currently operating on limited capacity as the demand for patient beds is greater than the number of beds available.
In a media release, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Manternach said, “We are currently caring for a total of 36 COVID-19 cases at MercyOne North Iowa and this impacts our ability to provide all services. A recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases on our West Campus skilled nursing unit has caused us to pause admissions through the weekend to that unit. This, coupled with the recent need to temporarily redirect hospice patients to our regular inpatient units, puts an extra strain on our staffing resources.”
Dr. Manternach went on to say, “North Iowa, and Cerro Gordo county in particular, are listed by the CDC as an area of high community transmission. This regional high prevalence rate impacts our ability to discharge and transfer patients which further strains our bed capacity.”
According to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Cerro Gordo County had 212 new positive COVID cases for the 7-day reporting period ending Tuesday, November 9. That almost 100 cases more than was recorded the week prior.
**NOTE: Initially we reported the delay in non-emergent surgeries was for the “week of November 15th,” but the hospital gave the media the incorrect information initially and later clarified that the delay for non-emergent surgeries will only be in effect for “Monday, November 15th.” The situation is fluid and is subject to change