The states with the worst outbreaks in confirmed cases per capita at the moment Tennessee, Kentucky, Alaska, Wyoming and West Virginia, according to the New York Times tracker, have set new hospitalisation records in recent weeks or are near their previous winter wave highs. In early June, before the delta variant drove a surge in cases, only 1 in 10 hospitals were at that level. Look up the hospitals where you live to find out how many beds are filled with COVID-19 patients, and the average for hospitals in your county. But even so, the number of hospital beds available in a once-in-a-lifetime emergency fell.
Even so, the number of hospitalised RSV patients is equivalent to that of the flu season, leaving fewer beds available for COVID-19 patients on the rise. Patients are now more comfortable coming to the hospital and, after months of delayed care, are looking to catch up on missed appointments, procedures and treatments. In states like Texas and Florida, which lead the country in average daily hospitalisations, hospitals are inundated with unvaccinated patients. However, Olszewski is wrong to believe that the recent influx of COVID-19 hospitalisations is typical.
Shuford says he has heard of hospitals that cannot accept patient transfers from other hospitals because they have no free beds. According to Becker's Hospital Review, Texas ranks 37th nationally in the percentage of the eligible population vaccinated. Across the South, hospitals report having more patients needing ICU care than there are beds available, as the Times reported Tuesday. Hospitals are trying to balance managing a new surge of Covid-19 with providing medical care to all the other patients who need their care.
Hospitals typically adjust staffing levels based on demand for services, Fahimi and public health experts told USA TODAY. Hospital stress levels reflect the percentage of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients at reporting hospitals. About 87.1 e of all hospital beds in Texas are in use, the highest level since the start of the pandemic, with 14.1 e of those beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.