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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 02:11 PM

Texas Medical Center scrubbed data showing ICU beds at full capacity

as the state's coronavirus cases spike

On Sunday, the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston, the largest medical complex in the world, scrubbed data from its website showing how beds in its intensive care units were at capacity, along with other data about coronavirus infections in the state.

The move came as the area is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, and hospitals around the state are scrambling to increase their ICU capacities.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the data was deleted from the website after a conversation between hospital administrators and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who expressed displeasure at the metrics on the website. Most of the charts with hospital data were restored and modified after the Chronicle story ran.

More than half of the state's hospitalizations for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, have occured in the last two weeks, Newsweek reported. Days before the TMC removed ICU-bed data, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Houston hospitals to stop conducting elective surgeries, a space-saving measure for COVID-19 patients. He also put statewide reopening plans on pause.


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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 02:25 PM

1. K&R, assholes medical group are now factoring in overflow capacity. Then they're NEVER be full cause

... they could build beds in ready hospitals ad nausea.

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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 02:57 PM

2. They always had that factored in.

It's local for me. I've referred to that page a dozen times in posts in the last two weeks.

It was formatted differently, but said the same information. There was baseline capacity, now called "Phase 1."

There was overflow that existed and could be used indefinitely.

There was known, planned emergency capacity that wasn't considered sustainable for long term use.

There was no indication that additional emergency capacity couldn't be planned and implemented.

I find the new format a bit harder to read (perhaps because I'm used to the old format). At the same time, I think it's harder to misread this--which is what even local news sources were doing.

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