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Old Yesterday, 04:42 PM
Location: Embarrassing, WA
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I'm just using my county as an example here. We have so few hospital beds compared to our county population, that our hospital is at 93% capacity even though that capacity only includes 2% of the hospital beds which are actually occupied by Covid-19 patients.
If you look at the "goalposts" for moving out of Phase 1, we aren't EVER going to get there because that "less than 80% hospital bed capacity" (non-covid related) simply isn't going to happen. I think our all time low in the past couple years is around 76%, and that was pre-covid.
I understand that we are still above the 25 cases per 100K threshold anyway, not looking to argue that. Having the phase held up based on hospital capacity as an overall though, leaves counties with low hospital bed capacity with the potential to be held in phase 1 indefinitely even if Covid-19 is all but gone.
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Old Yesterday, 08:24 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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We've have had nearly a year to control / adapt, but no strategy to do so.
Quite illustrates the vulnerability of USA fragile HC system, as only those with LOTS of money or status will get care (normal times), even worse in crisis.

Pretty sad.
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Old Today, 11:33 AM
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Well - I don't know the details of your particular location, RK - but that makes sense to me. Why?

Because we aren't trying to get below 80% - forever and ever and ever. Nope.

What we're saying is: Hospital beds (the number of them...) are generally scaled to the number of folks in the area. No hospital can make a profit with empty beds, nor do very many operate (intentionally) at full capacity - as turning folks away at the door is bad manners.

But - COVID is a contagious thing: If there is a chance that your local community could get a case, a 2nd case, a 25th, case...now one guy's in the hospital, now 3, now 15....if there is a CHANCE that that could happen - then your system is not in a good shape.

In other words - although your hospital is used to having only 7% empty beds - that it only means that your community's tolerance for COVID spread is waaaaaaaay less than most places, and if things go bad - it will go really bad, really fast.

So with that in mind - it's true - your community can never rest in the fight against COVID, regarding your local hospital, as you are, technically, out of space already.

If you want to rest - get some extra spare beds that can handle the (potential) overflow.
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