With COVID cases on the rise and hospitals facing high capacity and staffing shortages, the Oro Valley hospital is temporarily unable to accept cardiac patients arriving by ambulance.

The hospital, part of Northwest Healthcare, will accept all patients who arrive at the emergency room without transport by ambulance.

“Like many hospitals across the country, staffing at Oro Valley Hospital remains incredibly tight as our caregivers work together to navigate this most recent COVID surge,” said Veronica Apodaca, director of marketing at Northwest Healthcare. “Because we want to make sure patients get the right level of care, we openly communicate with our EMS partners when our capabilities change. At this time, we are unable to provide 24/7 call coverage in the Cath Lab at Oro Valley Hospital, so we have asked our EMS partners to temporarily transport cardiac patients to facilities with a higher level of care, including Northwest Medical Center. This temporary diversion applies only to patients coming to Oro Valley Hospital by ambulance—our emergency department remains open and prepared to see all patients who come to us, including cardiac patients."

The Omicron variant’s spread is resulting in spiking COVID cases across the state. Today, the state’s dashboard added 7,749 new cases, including 1,121 in Pima County, and 61 additional deaths.

A total of 24,570 Arizonans have died after contracting COVID, including 3,210 in Pima County, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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