Pediatric ICU bed space remains alarmingly low

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – On Tuesday, the Douglas County Health Department announced that bed capacity in the pediatric intensive care unit was alarmingly low with only 12 available in the entire local health coalition to which hospitals in Douglas counties, Sarpy, Saunders, Dodge, and Washington; and Council Bluffs and Missouri Valley in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Bed capacity continues to be a problem with the same number of beds available today.

The department also reported 305 new cases of COVID-19, a total of 92,158 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

No deaths have been reported, so the number remains at 853.

According to the latest local hospital report received yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon:

  • Medical and surgical beds were 89% occupied, with 159 beds available with staff. The beds in the intensive care unit for adults were 89% occupied, with 35 beds with staff available. The beds in the pediatric intensive care unit were 91% full and 12 beds were available.
  • 262 people were hospitalized and diagnosed with COVID-19, 88 of whom were receiving intensive care for adults. Eight pediatric patients were confirmed among the hospitalized patients.
  • There were two other COVID-19 people of interest (who usually waited for test results) and they were all adults.
  • 41 people confirmed or suspected of COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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