5th Missoula resident dies; some W. Montana hospitals near capacity | Local News


Providence Montana did not address how the hospitals would proceed if ICUs were over capacity and if the hospitals themselves were full.

In an email, Community Medical Center encouraged people to continue social distancing, wearing a mask and avoiding large gatherings.

“As reported by Governor Bullock, cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in our state. With the documented increase in confirmed positive cases, hospitals throughout the state, including ours, have seen an expected increase in hospitalizations over the last several weeks,” said spokesperson Sarah Buszmann in an email.

“At this time, our hospital has adequate capacity to meet patient needs, including in critical care/intensive care. We continually monitor the prevalence of the virus in our community, in addition to evaluating operational capacity and following all necessary protocols, to ensure we are able to meet the vital needs of our patients.

“Beyond our hospital walls, we are working closely with the Montana Hospital Association, Providence St. Patrick Hospital and other regional hospitals to ensure a well-coordinated response to serving our community through the pandemic. … We want to assure Montanans that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care.”

Ebelt declined to project how hospital capacity might look if cases continued to increase at the pace at which they have been rising but said state health officials are concerned about the coming flu season.

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