North Texas hospitals’ ICU capacity for new Covid-19 patients at all-time low

30 December 2020 (Last Updated December 30th, 2020 09:29)

Several hospitals in North Texas of the US have gone nearly out of room for new Covid-19 patients as the area sees a surge in the number of admissions.

North Texas hospitals’ ICU capacity for new Covid-19 patients at all-time low
As of 28 December, North Texas hospital region had around 3,600 Covid-19 patients. Credit: Mufid Majnun on Unsplash

Several hospitals in North Texas of the US have gone nearly out of room for new Covid-19 patients as the area sees a surge in the number of admissions.

As of 28 December, North Texas hospital region had around 3,600 Covid-19 patients, which is over 23% of the available hospital beds in the 19 counties, Fox4news reported.

According to the latest estimates, hospitalisations in North Texas tend to worsen over time.

With half of the ICU patients in North Texas being Covid-19 infected individuals, only 56 ICU beds are now available in the region.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, bed numbers are at serious lows owing to new hospitalisations.

The channel quoted the DFW Hospital Council as saying that about 18 and six available ICU beds are left in Dallas and Tarrant County, respectively.

According to UT Southwestern Medical Center estimates, Dallas County hospitalisations is expected to increase by 20% next week, while Tarrant county would see hospitalisations rising by 35% in this time period.

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth cited Tarrant County Public Health Department as saying that the hospital ICUs in the county are at 99% capacity.

The virtual channel quoted public health director Vinny Taneja as saying at the Tarrant County Commissioners Court meeting: “Somebody has a heart attack or a bad traffic accident, now you got to decide which person is more critical.

“Where do you place them? Do you put them in the ICU or try to treat them outside of ICU care? That’s where the burden of one disease becomes overwhelming.”

Even though a surge in the number of infections is observed, the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is on track and more healthcare staff and vulnerable individuals are receiving the vaccines.

A majority of the 124,800 Pfizer doses received in week two will be used for vaccinating people in long-term care facilities, the state noted.