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"Only Two ICU Beds Available": COVID Patients Stress Lane County Hospitals


Lane County Public Health officials say COVID-19 cases have plateaued to an average of 150 a day— but still an unreasonably high number for communities.  Hospitalizations from the virus continue to stress the health system.

In Lane County, there are currently 87 patients hospitalized with the virus and 27 of them are in Intensive Care. Spokesperson Jason Davis said 50% of all ICU beds are taken up by COVID patients.

“We have two ICU beds available,” he stressed. “So obviously quite a few other reasons to be in the ICU and COVID is conflating with those.”

Davis said 20% of the ventilators in county are being used by patients fighting to breath with SARS-coV-2. He warned even as new case numbers drop off, there is a lag with deaths and hospitalizations. This is because of the time it takes --for a person to develop symptoms bad enough to be hospitalized-- and then for that individual to die.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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