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Shelters placed outside OKC hospital as COVID hospitalizations continue to break records

Posted at 12:08 AM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 10:41:34-05

TULSA, Okla. — As COVID-19 cases pick up and hospitalizations across Oklahoma break records, Saint Anthony hospital in Oklahoma City prepares for the worst.

As backup, portable shelters were set up outside Saint Anthony on Monday. A representative with Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) said members with Saint Anthony Hospital requested the Western Shelter Systems, in case of overflow; and the portable shelters are not currently being used, but could be used this week potentially for emergency room patients.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department posted on Facebook about helping the health department set the shelters up.

As of Monday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s online data shows adult ICU bed availability is at 6%, which means 51 beds.

In Tulsa County, COVID-19 patients make up 23.2% of total hospitalizations.

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