United Regional gives COVID-19 update, nearing hospital capacity

United Regional gives COVID-19 update, nearing hospital capacity
The press conference will start at 4 p.m.

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Officials with United Regional and The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District announced one new death and 162 new COVID-19 cases in Wichita County on Monday.

54 patients with COVID-19 are hospitalized at the following hospitals:

  • 51 patients in United Regional
  • 2 patients in Kell West Regional Hospital
  • 1 patient in Electra Memorial Hospital

United Regional officials estimate they will max out at about 250 total patients due to current staff availability. Anything above that will cause strain in the short term and may become unsustainable in the long term.

At this time, the hospital has about 240 patients in house, with COVID-19 patients compromising of 28% of those.

The hospital also currently has about 65 employees that are quarantined at home due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure.

“We will be limited by our staff availability before we are limited by our physical bed availability,” said Phyllis Cowling, President and CEO of United Regional Health Care System.

Cowling says United Regional will look to other hospitals in the region if they were to exceed their capacity.

They are at nearly 100% of critical care capacity at this time. These patients can’t be transferred to other hospitals in the region because of the limited critical care capability throughout the region.

Hospital officials say they do not anticipate having to use Kay Yeager Coliseum, and that it was originally state officials who were looking into it back in April.

United Regional has not put in a request for more medical personnel at this time.

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