MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – As COVID-19 rages on in West Texas hospitals are looking into new resources to increase their capacity.
“We continue to push out that maximum number. We have been pretty close to the limits on the critical care capacity several times,” said Russell Meyers, the CEO of Midland Health.
Thankfully their tent is here and they are almost ready to shift some patients outside of the building to free up in-patient overflow. The hospital also has its 9th floor ready to go with 12 additional beds.
Meyers said, “It is really important that we maximize our capability because transferring patients is a lot easier said than done. There is no nearby place to transfer people to.”
He said if it gets to that they will have to call hospitals as far as Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio but before that MMH will look into converting recovery rooms and re-working expanding ER capacity.
“We are probably 20-25 patients away from even exhausting our exisisting resources,” he said.
Testing volumes have gone back up and in the coming days, they will see how bad the holiday spike is.
“I would love to see some positive results and indications that people actually did perform our social distancing as requested during the holiday period it would be great news. The jury is still out on that one and we will be for a few days,” said Meyers.