UH Portage bed usage increases as delta variant spreads

Intensive care unit space in hospitals in the region is slowly becoming scarce, based on data from the U.S. Department of Health.  That data is as of Nov. 12, and cases in the county have grown exponentially since then.

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise and the nation begins to look into the new variant of Omicron, the region’s hospitals struggling with an increase in patient numbers and a decrease in available beds.

More: Hospital room data for district hospitals

The seven-day average percentage of adult inpatient beds occupied was 72.9% for the week of Nov. 19, which is not the highest percentage of beds used at UH Portage Medical Center during the pandemic. However, the average number of beds used – 99.9 out of 137 available – is the highest since July 2020, according to HHS data.

Almost 12 of the hospital’s 16 intensive care beds are occupied.

“Health systems across the country are experiencing spikes due to increased COVID-19 hospitalization and non-COVID-19 demand,” University Hospital officials wrote in an email statement in response to the Record-Courier’s request. “Our region is not exempt from this. The university clinics use the strength of our 23 hospital system and can meet the health needs of our patients. “

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