July 2, 2020, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:
Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 7/2/2020
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 3,231
Positive results: 141
Pending results: 23
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 31
Admitted patients discharged: 20
Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.
Valley View is working hard to be responsive to the COVID-19 testing needs of its patients. COVID-19 diagnostic PCR testing is available across the Valley View network of care. However, a physician referral is required. “At Valley View, our providers are committed to providing smart COVID-19 testing. They want to understand the concerns and symptoms of a patient so that a PCR test can be as effective as possible. For example, if a patient is tested too early relative to their exposure or prior to symptoms, they may receive a false negative result as the virus may still be below the limit of detection. This is not only a disservice to the individual patient but also to our collective efforts as a community to slow the transmission of COVID-19,” stated David Brooks, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Valley View.
If an individual does not have a primary care provider, Valley View’s physician practices can quickly offer VirtualCare and same-day appointments. With locations in Eagle, Glenwood Springs, Silt, Carbondale and Willits, providers are conveniently located across the community. Additional information to schedule an appointment is available at https://www.vvh.org/primary-care/.
Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory 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 definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. 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 hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.
“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:
- Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
- Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
- Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
- Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.
“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing.
“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.
“What is the turnaround for test results?” At this point, Valley View is receiving test results in 90 minutes to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.
“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.