ROCKFORD – State Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) announced that the state’s request for medical personnel assistance for Javon Bea-Riverside Hospital has finally been granted.
“The omicron variant has caused one of the largest increases in cases since the start of the pandemic, and this is happening at a time when many hospitals are understaffed,” Stadelman said. “I am pleased that the request for state medical assistance has been granted, as Javon Bea needs more help than ever.”
A 22-person team, including clinical staff from a healthcare medical task force, will be deployed to support doctors and nurses at Javon Bea in the treatment of COVID-19 patients and other patients.
To help ease pressure on the hospital’s emergency department and assist other area hospitals that may be transferring patients to Javon Bea, this staffing will be available for two weeks.
More than 600 people are admitted to Illinois hospitals statewide each day for COVID-19, with a daily average of more than 7,100 COVID-19 patients in hospital.
“Healthcare workers have proven to be more than essential through this pandemic and all its variants,” Stadelman said. “We need to make sure they have everything they need to do their job and fight this virus.”
People with non-life-threatening symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough, fatigue, headache, or loss of smell or taste, should call their healthcare provider and discuss a treatment plan over the phone.
Anyone with more serious symptoms such as chest pain, confusion, or difficulty breathing should seek emergency care immediately.
State health officials are urging residents to continue practicing preventative public health measures, including vaccinated and boosted, wearing masks, avoiding large crowds and practicing physical distancing where possible.