Meritus Health experts: Patient volumes increase, preventative measures encouraged

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Like other hospitals across Maryland, Meritus Medical Center is seeing high patient volumes, reaching as high as 90% capacity.

“The high volumes are a result of several things coming together at once, including the result of gatherings during the holiday season,” according to Carrie Adams, Pharm.D., chief operating officer.

While some of the impact comes from the viral illness season, there are a variety of factors at play that have led many people in the community to need an inpatient level of care.

At the latest report, Meritus Medical Center had 20 patients who are COVID-19 positive. Of those 20 patients, 2 are in the intensive care unit. Compare those numbers to a year ago: 77 total COVID-19 hospitalized, and almost half of the ICU. (Jan. 10, 2022)

“We encourage everyone to take preventative measures to reduce their risk of needing hospital care by being proactive in their health and wellness, and following best practices for viral illness and vaccines,” Adams said.

“If you or your children have flu-like symptoms, please stay home and get tested to reduce the spread to others. The best way to fight this viral season is to stay up-to-date with flu and COVID vaccines and boosters. And as always, wash your hands frequently,” she added.

For those not feeling well, and not having a life-threatening medical emergency, Meritus offers a virtual care option. Visit to get seen in minutes.