With Arizona hospitals admitting rising numbers of COVID-19 sufferers, the Division of Well being Service has suspended some transfers of sufferers from different states, officers mentioned Wednesday.
Out-of-state hospitals can nonetheless switch sufferers into Arizona by means of direct hospital-to-hospital requests, however the usage of the interstate Arizona Surge Line system was suspended Monday, division spokesman Holly Poynter mentioned.
The system was activated April 21 to expedite transfers of virus sufferers for increased ranges of care, to effectively use hospital beds and to equalize affected person numbers amongst hospitals, in response to the division.
Poynter mentioned the Surge Line service for out-of-state sufferers will resume after hospital occupancy drops once more.
The suspension was first reported Tuesday evening by the Arizona Republic.
The division says virus-related hospitalizations had reached 2,217 as of Tuesday, together with 531 in intensive care models. Arizona had about 500 virus sufferers most days throughout September earlier than the outbreak worsened in October.
Together with COVID and non-COVID sufferers, ICU beds reached 90% occupancy final weekend and remained at that degree Tuesday, in response to the division.
Whereas some Arizona hospitals have been treating sufferers transferred from different states through the pandemic, some Arizona sufferers have been transferred to hospitals in neighboring states, together with Nevada and New Mexico.
Arizona on Wednesday reported three,982 further identified COVID-19 instances with 9 extra deaths, rising the state’s totals to 310,850 instances and 6,524 deaths.
Seven-day rolling averages of recent instances, day by day deaths and COVID-19 testing positivity all elevated prior to now two weeks, in response to information from The COVID Monitoring Undertaking and Johns Hopkins College
The variety of infections is considered far increased than reported as a result of many individuals haven’t been examined, and research counsel folks might be contaminated with the virus with out feeling sick.
For most individuals, the brand new coronavirus causes gentle or reasonable signs, resembling fever and cough that clear up in two to a few weeks. For some, particularly older adults and folks with present well being issues, it will probably trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia and dying.