Phoenix’s ABC News affiliate reports:
The Arizona Department of Health Services director sent out a letter this weekend, informing hospitals in our state to “fully activate” their facility emergency plans.
In doing so, the hospitals are going to be preparing surge beds, cross-training staff, and possibly reducing or suspending elective surgeries to “ensure adequate bed capacity for both COVID and non-COVID admissions.”
The Saturday letter states the hospitals need to identify additional ICU and inpatient beds to meet the 50 percent additional bed increase. The state’s hospitals now must determine whether or not to move their facilities from conventional care to contingency care, and also prepare for crisis care.
As novel coronavirus cases in Arizona approach nearly 28,000, a former state health department director has claimed the recent rise in cases is directly linked to the lifting of the state’s stay-at-home order, which expired on May 15.
Some venues in the state were allowed to reopen before May 15, including restaurants, gyms, pools, hair and nail salons. Some non-essential retailers also reopened, with restrictions in place.
A former director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS), Will Humble, has said the recent spike is “definitely related” to the state’s reopening.
This letter comes on the day after the chief clinical officer of #Arizona‘s largest health system — Banner Health — said ICU bed occupancy was growing, and that if current trends continued would exceed capacity @stephanieinnes reports https://t.co/s224Yj6stf
— Andrew Oxford (@andrewboxford) June 8, 2020