Grayson County available hospital beds up more than 10 percent in two weeks

Grayson County's hospital bed availability has gone up more than 10 percent in two weeks.
Grayson County's hospital bed availability has gone up more than 10 percent in two weeks.(kxii)
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 6:19 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Grayson County’s hospital bed availability is going up thanks to people recovering from COVID-19 and flexibility within the hospitals.

"Currently we have about 84 percent of our ICU beds occupied, of that about 27 percent are COVID related so we have plenty of ICU bed space in Grayson County for COVID." (Magers)

Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said not all patients in the county’s hospitals are from Grayson County.

“Some of the folks in the hospital are going to be Grayson County residents, some are not so you can’t really look at the number of people COVID related or not in the hospital as Grayson County numbers,” Magers said.

As of Monday, eleven Grayson County Coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

Two weeks ago, Grayson County ICU’s were 98.4 percent full with both COVID-19 and other patients.

That number has gone down more than 10 percent due to recoveries.

“What’s happening in the hospitals is we are converting beds as needed from regular hospital beds to negative pressure beds which simply means the air is being taken out and re-circulated that is what you want with a COVID patient,” Magers said.

Magers said Texoma Medical Center, Wilson N Jones, and Baylor Scott and White now have the ability to do this.

“I don’t know how many have been converted but the good news for residents and for those COVID patients is that they can be converted so you’re not constrained by your ICU beds if you need them,” Magers said.

Magers said if Grayson County were to see a spike in COVID-19 cases, the hospitals should be able to accommodate them.

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