Huffington Post: Oklahoma is running out of desperately needed pediatric hospital beds throughout the state amid rising COVID-19 cases, a surge in a separate serious respiratory illness and nursing shortages.
'We can't keep these levels up': Oklahoma health leaders warn of grim COVID trajectory https://t.co/scO3bzAYsj
— The Oklahoman (@TheOklahoman_) July 28, 2021
Some children have been sent out of state to other hospitals because of a lack of beds in Oklahoma.
17 deaths today in Oklahoma, due to COVID.
819 new positive cases.
Active cases now up to 9,130.
Significant uptick in hospitalization, 519.
165 in the ICU.
Please consider vaccination.
— Erin Christy (@Erin_Christy) July 26, 2021
“There have been a few pediatric patients who have needed ICU beds that there were no beds here. Any other couple of ICUs … in the state that could take care of that sick of patients were also full, and we have had to send them out of state,” Dr. Cameron Mantor, chief medical officer at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, told local Fox News 25.
Oklahoma reports nearly 1,800 new COVID-19 cases; total provisional death count rises by 8 https://t.co/pTPeEpgtCD
— koconews (@koconews) July 30, 2021
The center emphasized that the problem wasn’t only the coronavirus and its dangerous new delta variant.
The state is also experiencing a rise in respiratory syncytial virus infection (RSV) among children. But the clinic strongly encouraged COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone over the age of 12 to ease the hospital crush.
“The point is you can take a vaccine to prevent possible COVID hospitalization but not for many other things,” said the statement on the clinic’s Facebook page. “We are just asking everyone to do what they can to help a strained hospital situation … Please take the delta strain seriously.” read more..