Oklahoma City ran out of room amid spikes in virus (Picture: Getty Images)
A spike in coronavirus cases is causing hospitals in some major American metropolitan areas to run out of intensive care unit (ICU) rooms.
Kansas City in Missouri – a Republican-led state where the highly infectious Delta variant initially hit the hardest – has an average of 94 new hospitalizations each day, ABC 9 reported.
According to the Mid-America Regional Council, 85% of adult ICU beds in the region are full, and there is only one more bed in Clay County, the fifth-most populous county in Missouri with about 250,000 residents, according to City-Data.
Little Rock, Arkansas, is also seemingly out of beds. Dr Brent Rosson of the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center told CBS 11 that he called about 20 metro hospitals to see if any patients have checked out.
Meanwhile, Austin, a largely liberal city in Republican-controlled Texas, has its share of occupied ICU beds, according to USA Today. Last Friday, there were only 16 beds left across all hospital in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Lee, Llano and San Saba counties.
Austin Public Health officials noted that the beds were not exclusively occupied with coronavirus patients but for anyone in need of an ICU.
Our Lady of Lourdes and Oschner Lafayette General hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana, are also running out of ICU beds, with only three beds available out of 156 in Region 4 of the state, according to The Hill.
Oklahoma’s Covid-19 infection rate, which includes a number of children, has similarly caused them to run out of ICU rooms.
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that Oklahoma had 8,746 coronavirus-related deaths on Monday and 11,109 new confirmed and probable infections with over 2,000 of the cases being children, according to The New York Times.
In addition to Covid-19, there have been cases of another disease called the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is a seasonal-like flu that affects children and adults.
Over the past three days, there were 739 Oklahomans hospitalized with Covid-19, and matters are worsening to the point that local emergency rooms throughout the metro are ‘maxed out or close to capacity’, Fox 25 reported.
In South Oklahoma City, Southwest Medical Center emergency room physician Dr Jason Benn said that the surge in cases and those requiring rooms ‘caught me off guard’.
‘Because we had gotten to a point where it really felt like we were, we were winning and we were on top of it,’ he said. ‘We knew about the Delta variant and we knew that it was out there, I just didn’t realize it would move as fast as it was going to.’
Across the state, coronavirus hospitalizations have more than doubled in just the past two weeks.
Covid-19 cases are accelerating the fastest in Louisiana, Florida, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, according to The Hill. The Delta variant is reportedly as contagious as the chickenpox, with one infected person being able to spread it to between five and nine people at once.
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