Four Corners' woman caring for COVID-positive husband amid surge in hospitalizations | KOB 4

Four Corners' woman caring for COVID-positive husband amid surge in hospitalizations

Diana Castillo
Updated: November 20, 2020 06:38 PM
Created: November 20, 2020 05:59 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M.- A woman in the Four Corners is caring for her husband because there are a lack of hospital beds at San Juan Regional Medical Center.

"The emergency room doctor said I offered him a room in the ER for the night, but he doesn't want to stay here and I can't force him to stay here and besides we have no beds," Barbara Willmart told KOB 4.

San Juan Regional Medical Center CEO Jeff Bourgeois gave an update about capacity on Friday.

"So looking back at the statistics from yesterday, Thursday, November 19, our census early in the morning was a total of 135, 48 of those were COVID-positive," he said. "We have another three pending test results. And a total of 12 intubated patients in the hospital, ten of those are COVID-positive patients."

Bourgeois also said the hospital is not overwhelmed with COVID-positive transfers.

As for the Willmarts, they are home. They say they plan to keep it that way. Barbara continues to care for her husband while he fights to get better. She said his doctor calls and checks up on him often.

"It's gonna be a while to recover because, as the doctor said, if you were in the hospital, we can try different medications but he can't be in the hospital," she said.


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