DFW Hospital Council Releases Report on COVID-19 ICU Bed Availability

In addition to COVID-19, pediatric hospitals are treating a high number of RSV cases this summer

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Hospitals across North Texas are continuing to experience the fourth surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Monday, 2,822 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Trauma Service Area E. This is an increase of 196 patients from the 2,626 reported on Sunday.

This represents 19.75% of available bed capacity and 45.4% of adult ICU patients, meaning that more than 45% of adult ICU patients have COVID-19, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council said.

Tarrant County has 968 hospitalized individuals, Dallas County has 809, Collin County has 393, Denton County has 159, Hunt County has 57, Grayson County has 74, Ellis County has 83 and Rockwall County has 90.

W. Stephen Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, said in a statement Monday the majority of the patients are not vaccinated.

According to Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, hospitalizations have increased significantly in the last 30 days. There are currently 61 available adult staffed ICU beds in our TSA-E with, 16 in Dallas County, 20 in Tarrant County, 17 in Collin County, 5 in Denton County, two in Wise County, and one in Grayson County.

Of the hospitalized adult COVID-19 patients, 433 are on ventilators, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council said.

As of Monday, there are 56 confirmed COVID-19 pediatric patients hospitalized, which is an increase from Sunday's report of 52. Additionally, the children's hospitals are treating an unusual number of RSV patients for the summer season.

"The overall percent occupancy of all inpatient pediatric patients to bed capacity is currently running 92.8% and we have four available staffed pediatric ICU beds available in Trauma Service Area E," Love said in a statement.

According to Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, vaccinations are helping to protect people from the COVID-19 delta variant, and the unvaccinated are at an increased risk. Wearing masks is also an effective tool against COVID-19.

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