PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — As Florida hits a new high in coronavirus cases, four Pinellas County hospitals are reporting they are at full capacity in their intensive care units.
Palms of Pasadena Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and AdventHealth North Pinellas in Tarpon Springs said there are no beds available for critical patients.
The lack of availability is according to data collected by the agency for health care administration.
Meanwhile, according to Spectrum Bay News 9 partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg had just 3 percent of its ICU beds available, Mease Dunedin Hospital had 5 percent and both St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and Largo Medical Center had 13 percent.
Hospital officials said they have plans to expand capacity quickly if needed.
Meanwhile, BayCare officials recently announced a hold on some elective surgeries in order to accommodate more patients.
AdventHealth West Florida Division released the following statement regarding ICU beds at AdventHealth North Pinellas:
"All hospitals in the AdventHealth West Florida Division are closely and continuously monitoring positive COVID-19 cases in their facility. We currently have sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for our team members, patients and guests, as well as available med-surg beds, ICU beds and ventilators, should they be needed. The planning and protocols we put in place earlier this year, including strict safety guidelines, quarantining of COVID-19 patients in designated units and care areas, and enhanced cleaning measures, has well-positioned us to respond and ensure the continued high quality care for our community. It is important to note, that while cases are increasing, we are not experiencing a surge in patients who require hospitalization due to COVID-19 but we remain prepared to take care of any patient in need of our services."
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