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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 06:26 AM

Kansas City hospitals overwhelmed, some forced to turn away ambulances as COVID-19 cases jump

Kansas City hospitals overwhelmed, some forced to turn away ambulances as COVID-19 cases jump
COVID-19 hospitalizations were up 10% across the Kansas City region this week.


By Karma Allen October 16, 2020, 4:16 PM

New warnings as COVID infections, hospitalizations rise in US..
In a dangerous new surge across the country, 39 states plus Washington D.C. have reported an increase in numbers and Illinois reported its highest one-day total.

Hospitals in and around Kansas City, Missouri, are overwhelmed amid a troubling spike in COVID-19 cases that has forced some facilitates to refuse non-emergency care and others to turn away ambulances due to over-occupancy.

Average daily COVID-19 hospitalizations were up about 10% this week across the Kansas City region as the Midwest grapples with record-breaking daily infection rates and intensive care unit bed shortages, according to the Mid-America Regional Council's dashboard.

Earlier this week, the Kansas City metro area saw its highest number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations on record with the seven-day average rising to about 133. Separately, hospitals in the area reported a 28% increase in the average number of patients on ventilators, week-over-week, while daily ICU occupancy rose about 11% from last week, according to the dashboard.



Larsen, who is also an emergency care physician at the downtown Kansas City hospital, said at least eight metro hospitals and emergency departments had to temporarily stop accepting ambulances due to the high volume of patients on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We had eight facilities at one given time that were on 'diversion,' or what we call high-volume status," he said. "That doesn't mean that we don't still take the time-critical diagnoses -- we still take our stroke patients, our trauma patients and our heart attack patients -- but it does limit our ability to provide care to the remainder of ambulances."......

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leftyladyfrommo Oct 17 #1

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 06:59 AM

1. And some people here still don't believe. Fake news. nt

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