The number of COVID-19 deaths in Georgia will peak on April 23, with an estimated 84 people dying on that day, according to predictions from the IHME.
Dr. Colleen Kraft, associate chief medical officer at Emory University Hospital and associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine, talks to reporters during a briefing Friday.
In additional to dwindling resources, Kraft said that she and her colleagues are also dealing with sadness and anxiety.
“We have all, collectively and individually, gone through that grief cycle,” she said. “What I’ve seen, at least personally, is on the days when I’m not feeling best, there’s someone there to lift me up.”
Kraft said access to resources is challenging “every day.” Emory Hospital is most in need of disposable and reusable gowns, and any type of mask.
Georgia Tech, she said, is coming to the aid of Atlanta’s medical community by using 3D printers and laser cutting machines to make protective gear.
Emory Healthcare started taking donations Thursday from the community in attempt to address the potential of a shortage of supplies. Although they are able to fully help the community during the Coronavirus outbreak, they are seeing a growing need for more supplies. In a partnership between Georgia Tech and Siemens, the school accepted several thousands of masks created by water jet cutting and laser cutting. (Video shot by Ryon Horne, Edited by Tyson Horne/AJC)
Kraft said her hospital is now able to do all of its own, in-house lab work and can turn around diagnostic test results in 24 hours. The staff is prioritizing testing for patients admitted into the hospital through the emergency room and for employees with symptoms, she said.
In this file photo, Dr. Colleen Kraft gives Dr. Kent Brantly a hug as he takes the stage to talk with the media on the fifth anniversary of Dr. Brantly’s arrival at Emory University Hospital as the first patient with Ebola virus disease to be treated in the U.S. Kraft was part the university hospital’s Ebola treatment firstname.lastname@example.org
Kraft, who was part the university hospital’s Ebola treatment team in 2014, said Emory’s staff is doing what it can to free up bed space in preparation for the coming surge.
About half of the patients who come into the emergency departments at Emory hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms are going into the intensive care unit, she said. “We are seeing quite a lot of pneumonia.”