Wednesday, October 7th 2020, 10:12 pm
By: Chinh Doan
TULSA, Okla. –
After two record days of new COVID-19 hospitalizations, the latest state Health Department report shows only 13% of Oklahoma’s ICU beds are available.
Oklahoma is seeing a slight decline Wednesday, as the state report showed 697 people are currently in the hospital, compared to 738 Tuesday. The report also showed only 13% of ICU beds in the state are available.
Saint Francis said there were 77 COVID-19 patients Wednesday in all its hospitals across Tulsa, Muskogee and Vinita. Meanwhile, other hospitals especially in smaller towns, have needed to transfer patients elsewhere, some even out of state.
Dr. Sam Ratermann, medical director of INTEGRIS Grove Hospitalist Program, said staff try their best to transfer patients as needed to the nearest available hospital.
“If a patient needs a heart lung machine, that’s not something that we can provide in a