The Oklahoman



Eight intensive care unit beds were open across four Oklahoma City health systems on Wednesday, according to capacity figures they reported.

Integris Health, Mercy, OU Health and SSM Health St. Anthony began reporting their own capacity data at the end of August, during the height of the most recent COVID-19 surge, which they said was an effort to be transparen­t about the impact of the surge on their hospitals.

The hospitals announced that Wednesday's report would be the last unless Oklahoma were to see another another surge of COVID-19 cases.

"While the overall census at each hospital remains unseasonab­ly high, the health systems are encouraged by the decrease in community spread of COVID," the health systems said.

Since the updates began, Oklahoma County had an 11% increase in first dose vaccinatio­ns against COVID-19, according to the health systems.

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: 103 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals, down from 109 in the previous report. Eight ICU beds were available. Of the COVID-19 patients in Integris hospitals, 85% were unvaccinat­ed.

● Mercy: 57 COVID-19 patients in Mercy hospitals, no change from the previous report. Of those, 27 were at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, no change from the previous report. Mercy had no ICU beds available. At Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, 85% of COVID-19 patients were unvaccinat­ed.

● OU Health: Across all three of its hospitals, including Oklahoma Children's Hospital OU Health, there were 18 COVID-19 patients, down from 22 in the previous report. Zero ICU beds were available. 89% of the COVID-19 patients were unvaccinat­ed.

● SSM Health St. Anthony: 77COVID-19 patients in SSM Health St. Anthony Hospitals, up from 74 in the previous report. No ICU beds were available. An average of 90% of its hospitaliz­ed COVID-19 patients were unvaccinat­ed.

The state Health Department also resumed releasing daily hospital capacity reports that use data hospitals report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Health Department's latest report Wednesday showed 87 ICU beds were available across the state, including 20 in the Oklahoma City area.

State health officials have acknowledg­ed the discrepanc­ies between their reported data on hospital capacity and what individual hospitals were reporting and said the state was working with hospital leaders to address those discrepanc­ies.

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