Loveland hospitals buckling down, stocking up ahead of projected COVID-19 surge
As the number of COVID-19 cases in Larimer County continues to rise, Loveland’s hospitals are working to ensure that they have enough supplies to weather the storm. Due to the pandemic, the U.S. has experienced a shortage of equipment such as masks and gloves, cleaning supplies and, most critically, ventilators, which patients who have the most severe cases of COVID-19 rely on to survive.
Nathan Groathouse, director of marketing for mental health care provider SummitStone Health Partners, said about 85% of the agency’s services have moved online.
“We’re trying to be very judicious with our use of supplies,” he said. “And we’re still looking at small-batch purchases. If we could find 10 or 20 at a time, that would go a long way toward helping that goal.”
He said SummitStone has yet to see an increase in mental health crises attributable to the virus, but he expects isolation orders will eventually lead to more cases of anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
“We’re preparing for spikes,” he said. “It would be great if we’re wrong.”