Fairmont Medical Center to act as COVID overflow hospital as others exceed capacity

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 1:13 PM EST
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FAIRMONT, W.Va (WDTV) - Fairmont Medical Center will act as a COVID-19 overflow hospital as north-central West Virginia’s other facilities are exceeding inpatient capacity, Governor Jim Justice announced Thursday.

He cited United Hospital Center and WVU Medicine’s facilities and noted Marion, Harrison, Monongalia counties are still seeing high infection rates.

“Many individuals are delaying care because there are no beds available there,” Justice said.

In response, the governor said there is an “immediate need” to increase bed capacity at Fairmont Medical Center.

It closed just weeks before the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in West Virginia. WVU Medicine stepped in and reopened the hospital in late June. The facility was targeted as a COVID overflow hospital early in the pandemic as a precautionary move.

Justice said an additional 65 staff members will be hired to care for patients. That will allow for the hospital to care for up to 42 more patients needing treatment for COVID-19.

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