No Pediatric ICU Beds Available in NTX as COVID-19 Cases Surge – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

On Thursday, the DFW Hospital Council announced that there are no pediatric ICU beds available in North Texas.

There are currently 73 confirmed COVID-19 pediatric patients admitted to trauma service area E.

That’s the highest number of pediatric COVID-19 patients ever treated.

Trauma Service Area E includes all hospitals in 19 counties, including: Cooke, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise counties.

On top of the COVID-19 wave, children’s hospitals are treating an unusual number of RSV patients for the summer season. The overall percentage occupancy rate of all inpatient pediatric patients to bed capacity is currently 94.55%.

There are currently 2,690 adult COVID-19 patients in TSA-E hospitals. That’s an increase of 178 from 2512 on Wednesday. This represents 18% of bed capacity and 42.17% of adult ICU patients. Over a third of adult ICU patients in TSA-E currently have COVID-19.

The COVID-19 cases are broken down by county as follows: Tarrant 919, Dallas 786, Collin 330, Denton 165, Hunt 53, Grayson 98, Ellis 71, and Rockwall 87.

The DFW Hospital Council says the majority of patients have not been vaccinated.

The number of hospital admissions has increased approximately fivefold in the past 30 days.

There are currently 75 staffed adult ICU beds available in TSA-E, including 23 in Dallas County, 21 in Tarrant, 16 in Collin, 10 in Denton, three in Wise, one in Erath and one in Kaufman.

The hospital council says that 343 COVID-19 adults will be on a ventilator as of Thursday.

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