The Oklahoman



Hospital beds are scarce across four Oklahoma City health systems, according to capacity figures they reported Wednesday, amid a wave of COVID-19 cases across the state.

Integris Health, Mercy, OU Health and SSM Health St. Anthony began reporting their own capacity data in August, which they said was an effort to be transparen­t about the impact of the surge on their hospitals.

The reports will come every Monday, Wednesday and Friday "until our health care community begins to see relief from this current surge," the health systems said.

Here are the latest figures reported by each of the four health systems, as of Wednesday. The reports are a snapshot in time, as hospital capacity can change hour-to-hour as patients are admitted and discharged.

Integris Health: 247 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals, with 212 of those patients in the Oklahoma City metro area. No beds, including ICU beds, are available.

Mercy: 96 inpatients with COVID-19 in Mercy hospitals across Oklahoma, with 49 at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. No ICU beds are available.

OU Health: Across all three of its hospitals, including Oklahoma Children's Hospital OU Health, there are 50 inpatients with COVID-19. OU Health has no available beds for COVID-19 patients.

SSM Health St. Anthony: 131 COVID-19 patients in SSM Health St. Anthony hospitals. No ICU beds are available.

The state Health Department this week began releasing daily hospital capacity reports that use data collected and reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In the latest report Wednesday, two hospital regions (southeast and northeast) reported having zero available ICU beds. In the Oklahoma City region, the report shows 7.6% (or 25) ICU beds are available. A top state health official previously told StateImpac­t Oklahoma that the HHS figures don't always accurately reflect capacity in Oklahoma's hospitals.

Data for individual Oklahoma City hospitals on the HHS website appears to be about two weeks old.

For more COVID-19 data, go to The Oklahoman's coronaviru­s tracker.

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