Austin health officials warn there are still 16 staffed ICU beds for 2.3 million residents as COVID cases increase

Austin health officials warn there are still 16 staffed ICU beds for 2.3 million residents as COVID cases increase

“We are running out of time and our community must act now,” Dr. Desmar Walkes of the Austin-Travis County Health Authority said in the city’s statement. “Our ICU capacity is reaching a critical point where the level of risk to the entire community has significantly increased and not just to those who are needing treatment for COVID.” — Austin Public Health (@AusPublicHealth) July 30, 2021 The dire figures come as Austin is battling a spike in hospitalizations. According to data gathered by the city and Travis County, the 7-day average of COVID-19 hospitalizations has increased by over 47% over the past week. In that time, the number of COVID-19 patients in local ICU’s jumped from 91 to 117, a 28% increase, and the number of patients on ventilators rose from 47 to 65, a 38% increase, the city’s statement said. 

APH is urging the community to act as the situation becomes critical. The region is now facing the lowest staffed ICU bed capacity since the beginning of the pandemic with only 16 staffed available. Austin’s public health department urged the community to act “as the situation becomes critical.” 

📌 More: https://t.co/dbnHqlqW7R📌 Vaccinate: https://t.co/uNEZHhMj3c (1/4) pic.twitter.com/4YXSavkIAc All of the hospitals in Travis County — where Austin is located — and in 10 other counties are part of what the state calls Trauma Region O. Trauma Region O serves approximately 2.3 million people, according to the city’s statement. 

“They are literally all on ventilators and/or ECMO lung bypass,” the nurse practitioner wrote in the statement.  “I am angry. I am so angry,” they added. “I am also sad and dismayed. The third round is, was, entirely preventable. It is devastating to see and experience firsthand.” In a statement shared at an Austin City Council meeting on Tuesday, a local nurse practitioner said the intensive care unit capacity at their hospital recently “blew up.”

In July, more than 4,600 new COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths have been reported to Austin’s public health department, the city added.  More

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