MEDFORD, Ore. -- Coronavirus cases have only been rising since Gov. Kate Brown announced a two week pause for Jackson County, which begins tomorrow.
As a result of increasing COVID-19 cases, hospital bed availabilty across the state is decreasing. Governor Kate Brown says Oregon is heading in the wrong direction, but it's not too late to turn it around if people follow her guidelines for the state.
The governor was joined by doctor Dana Harganani from the OHA. The health official reported 3 new deaths statewide today alone.
Now, 285 Oregonians sick from the coronavirus occupy hospital beds in the state. Currently, 146 beds are open for people needing intensive care. Another 130 beds are open for pediatric intensive care.
According to the Lund report, hospitals can now follow coronavirus cases as they happen.
Hospitals are now able to track COVID-19 cases in real time. Oregon Health & Science University, through a partnership with GE Healthcare, has set up a capacity monitoring tool that hospitals across the state are plugged into. The system gives hospitals a bird’s eye view of how other hospitals across the state are managing capacity and COVID-19 cases. The system is linked to each hospital’s bed manager database and updates every two minutes based on patient admissions and discharges at a hospital.
Since the start of the pandemic, at least 6.8% of patients have been hospitalized during their illness.