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Nevada hospitals continue to fill up amid a steady rise in COVID-19 cases

Posted at 9:17 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 14:34:14-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada hospitals continue to fill up amid a steady rise in COVID-19 cases as fears of another surge of the virus could come after the holidays.

The most recent data from the Nevada Hospital Association says 71% of Nevada’s intensive care unit beds are taken.

According to the Nevada Hospital Association, 427 patients that are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 are in an intensive care unit.

Dr. Daliah Wachs says Nevada intensive care units are facing a harsh future.

“We are not adequately prepared, we need our hospitals open for trauma,” says Dr. Wachs.

Nevada has already intensified the battle against the virus.

In Reno, a COVID-19 overflow facility opened in Renown Hospital’s parking garage to keep ICU patients inside.

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“Hospitals around the state have been looking at their medical surge plans and implementing those plans moving forward,” says Caleb Cage, Nevada’s COVID-19 response director.

A surge plan is already in place at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

A spokesperson from UMC says that their in-patient admissions have “stabilized” in recent weeks and that they are prepared for a potential post-holiday surge.

“January is always one of our worst months for flu, pneumonia, it’s because people came back from travel,” says Dr. Wachs.

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