Plano hospitals were forced to set up emergency tents to cope with the influx of Covid-19 Patients according to a Fox 4 article from January 14th. In it they say:
“Texas Health’s Presbyterian Hospital in Plano set up tents in its lobby to deal with a significant surge of COVID-19 patients following the holiday season.
Chief nursing officer Laura Massey said they thought they were peaking last summer when they were averaging 40 COVID-19 hospitalizations a day, but they’re currently seeing a big rise in cases.
‘We are completely full right now,’ she said. ‘We’re averaging about 100 positive COVID patients a day in our hospital.
The hospital can hold roughly 400 patients.”
This isn’t the only hospital struggling to cope. Others are having to adjust as well according to a NBC 5 DFW article from January 12th. In it they say:
“Other hospitals are doubling up patients to a room or converting operating rooms into COVID-19 patient rooms.
A different area hospital has opened a second covid unit, while others have mentioned converting conference rooms and cafeterias into bed space, said DFW Hospital Council President W. Stephen Love.
‘We are beginning to push the outer edge of the envelope,’ said Love.
Love said the other challenge is man power. Many places have canceled elective and outpatient surgeries to help free up much-needed hands. There’s a request into the state for help from temporary staffing agencies.”
With cases still on the rise, and hospitals well at capacity, more rooms need to freed up, and more staff need to come in fast.