Peterson's hospitalizations hold steady at 40 after Labor Day

Kerrville hospital does report 74 new infections from the holiday weekend.

After a long holiday weekend, Peterson Regional Medical Center said it had 74 new cases of COVID-19 and 40 people hospitalized.

It was the 18th consecutive day Peterson had 30 or more people hospitalized with the virus. In the first seven days of September, Peterson reported 152 positive cases.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that there were 174 active cases on Monday, but that number is usually behind the real-time active cases.


With 40 patients or more, the virus has severely tested Peterson's capacity. Nearly half of the hospital's 86 acute care beds are used for COVID-19 patients. Peterson said three of those 40 patients are vaccinated.

Since Aug. 1, Peterson had one day — Aug. 13 — with 20 COVID-19 patients or less. Last week, Peterson Health President and CEO Cory Edmondson said the hospital's situation was amplified by people refusing to wear masks inside the hospital, and then berating hospital staff for being told to wear a mask.

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