Springhill hospital forced to halt visitation

By Josh Beavers

Springhill Medical Center has been forced to close its doors to visitors due to the upswing in local Covid cases.

“Due to the increase of Covid-19 cases we are currently restricting visitors to the hospitals,” the hospital posted on its Facebook page. “For tests and procedures, please follow the precautions posted at the door.”

The small, rural hospital had eight patients hospitalized with Covid as of Wednesday evening.

Minden Medical Center has not had to shuttered its door to visitors but it is also dealing with climbing numbers. The local hospital has had 54 Covid patients hospitalized since the governor reinstituted a state indoor make mandate.

The Louisiana Department of Health reported 3,022 hospitalizations and 70 more confirmed deaths in its noon update Wednesday.

Confirmed cases increased by 4,333. Another 2,273 cases and 17 deaths were listed as “probable” by the Louisiana Department of Health, for a total of 6,606 new cases and 87 new deaths.

About 38 percent of the state population has been vaccinated.