Mesa County Public Health: ‘Mesa County Hospitals Able to Expand ICU Bed Capacity’

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Covid patients are quickly filling up Colorado hospitals. And the Associated Press reports, as Colorado experiences its highest hospitalization rate of Covid-19 patients, Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order that could have hospitals transfer patients to other facilities without their consent.

This is in an effort to help hospitals respond to the surging number of covid cases. As the state continues to work through this health crisis, Mesa county public health gave updates on the local Covid situation. Over 1500 people with Covid are hospitalized across the state, according to the colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Twenty one of those people are hospitalized here in Mesa county, as of Monday.
“In the past few days, we’ve had as many as 37,” says Jeff Kuhr, the Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health.

Of the normal ICU beds in Mesa county, 46 out of 50 are currently taken up. Sixteen of those are coronavirus patients. But that doesn’t quite mean that the local hospitals are at capacity.
“Of the 50 ICU beds we have, we have the ability to increase by an additional 100,” says Kuhr.

In the meantime, the Mesa County Public Health department and the state of Colorado are calling for people to do three things.
Not gathering with people you don’t live with, wearing a mask when around other people, and staying six feet away from others.

“Really our threat continues to be personal gatherings with family and friends, still the biggest threat we have, and we’ll be more aware of that as we go into the Thanksgiving holiday this week,” says Kuhr.

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