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    Texas hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators and even staff

    https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07...s-coronavirus/


    Many Texas hospitals are no longer accepting transfer patients in order to maintain space for a surge that’s expected to come. In some parts of the state, it’s already here.

    A coronavirus patient in Anahuac was flown by helicopter to a hospital in El Campo — 120 miles away — because closer facilities could not take him.

    Ambulances are waiting up to 10 hours to deliver patients to packed Hidalgo County emergency rooms.

    And short-staffed hospitals in Midland and Odessa have had to turn away ailing COVID-19 patients from rural West Texas facilities that can’t offer the care they need.

    As the tally of coronavirus infections climbs higher each day, Texas hospitals are taking extraordinary steps to make space for a surge of patients. Some facilities in South Texas say they are dangerously close to filling up, while hospitals elsewhere are taking precautionary measures to keep their numbers manageable.

    Doctors warn of shortages of an antiviral drug that shows promise for treating COVID-19 patients. And epidemiologists say the state’s hospitals may be in for a longer, harder ride than places like New York, where hospitals were stretched to capacity in the spring and some parked refrigerated trailers outside to store bodies of people who died from COVID-19.

    “It used to [be that] if one hospital got kind of overwhelmed … you would start transferring out ICU patients to other facilities that had ICU beds available,” said Dr. Robert Hancock, president of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians. “And there really is none of that now, because everybody’s in the same boat and they’re struggling to get their own patients admitted.”


    We even have *named* sources!

    And remember, today's ICU beds are occupied those who were infected 4-6 weeks ago. Hold on to your butts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DivineOb View Post
    https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07...s-coronavirus/


    Many Texas hospitals are no longer accepting transfer patients in order to maintain space for a surge that’s expected to come. In some parts of the state, it’s already here.

    A coronavirus patient in Anahuac was flown by helicopter to a hospital in El Campo — 120 miles away — because closer facilities could not take him.

    Ambulances are waiting up to 10 hours to deliver patients to packed Hidalgo County emergency rooms.

    And short-staffed hospitals in Midland and Odessa have had to turn away ailing COVID-19 patients from rural West Texas facilities that can’t offer the care they need.

    As the tally of coronavirus infections climbs higher each day, Texas hospitals are taking extraordinary steps to make space for a surge of patients. Some facilities in South Texas say they are dangerously close to filling up, while hospitals elsewhere are taking precautionary measures to keep their numbers manageable.

    Doctors warn of shortages of an antiviral drug that shows promise for treating COVID-19 patients. And epidemiologists say the state’s hospitals may be in for a longer, harder ride than places like New York, where hospitals were stretched to capacity in the spring and some parked refrigerated trailers outside to store bodies of people who died from COVID-19.

    “It used to [be that] if one hospital got kind of overwhelmed … you would start transferring out ICU patients to other facilities that had ICU beds available,” said Dr. Robert Hancock, president of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians. “And there really is none of that now, because everybody’s in the same boat and they’re struggling to get their own patients admitted.”


    We even have *named* sources!

    And remember, today's ICU beds are occupied those who were infected 4-6 weeks ago. Hold on to your butts.
    I believe there's news out of Florida, to the effect that hospitals are full. Period.

    Also that if Florida were classified as a country, it'd have the 8th highest infection rate in the world.

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    Can someone get the statistics for that county regarding the number of ICU beds they have and how many are non-covid patients? Also, we need the basic details of population of the cities or counties and how many normal hospital beds they have.

    There was a report like this for a county in southern california where the county is inland and only had minimal ICU beds in the first place. It seems they only had like 10-16 beds total. I think some counties are in the middle of nowhere such that they send normal surgeries to the bigger counties.

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    IIRC only 15% of ICU beds in Texas are occupied by those suffering from the Chicom coronavirus. Most of the rest are filled with folks with cancer or circulatory (primarily heart) issues who were either forced to delay treatment or who elected to postpone due to fear of contracting it.

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    Hildago County has weird statistics. It seems nothing really happened in the hospitals until Jun 29

    They have a population of 868.7k and an area of 1583 sq miles

    The death rate attributed to covid so far is 0.02%. They do not show deaths per day. But these deaths seemed to largely happen before they showed people going to the ICU beds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Whateverman View Post
    Also that if Florida were classified as a country, it'd have the 8th highest infection rate in the world.
    7th. There are 6 states (and DC) which have higher rates than Florida. NY would be 2nd behind Qatar.

    San Marino, which had a massive outbreak back in February, had the highest rate for cases (and fatalities) for months, even though they had no active cases for most of that time (they currently have 1 active case). They have been exceeded in the last week by Qatar and F Guiana. If US cases continue to grow, the US will exceed San Marino around the end of August.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whateverman View Post
    I believe there's news out of Florida, to the effect that hospitals are full. Period.

    Also that if Florida were classified as a country, it'd have the 8th highest infection rate in the world.
    It looks there are serious questions arising about the rate of infections in Florida after a local news service noted that several labs reported 100% infection rates of those they tested. The labs are now saying that their figures were in error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    IIRC only 15% of ICU beds in Texas are occupied by those suffering from the Chicom coronavirus.
    Yesterday CP posted a status update from one Texas hospital that showed about 50% of normal ICU bed occupancy by COVID patients, with the result that they were increasing their ICU capacity to cope with the load.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    It looks there are serious questions arising about the rate of infections in Florida after a local news service noted that several labs reported 100% infection rates of those they tested. The labs are now saying that their figures were in error.
    The error in question apparently being that they were not reporting negative results.

    Is that correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy View Post
    Yesterday CP posted a status update from one Texas hospital that showed about 50% of normal ICU bed occupancy by COVID patients, with the result that they were increasing their ICU capacity to cope with the load.
    One hospital. In a state nearly three times larger than the entire U.K.

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