Arizona Hospitals Near Crisis, 88% Of ICU Beds Filled

Arizona Central reports:

The state reached a new high for hospitalizations Tuesday, according to the update provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services Wednesday morning. Inpatient beds and ventilators in use for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients both hit their highest-ever numbers Tuesday, according to the report. Emergency department visits and ICU beds in use hovered around their highest levels as well.

The biggest jump came in inpatient beds, with 2,270 beds occupied by suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients Tuesday, compared with 2,136 Monday. As of Tuesday, 86% of current inpatient beds and 88% of ICU beds were in use for COVID-19 and other patients. During the past three weeks, cases increased by 170% and tests increased by just 84%. Last week, 19 percent of tests were positive.