According to the latest figures reported by the North Dakota Department of Health, only 12 special care beds are available statewide. Most of the 195 open inpatient beds in the state are in rural hospitals, which are often unable to care for critically ill patients.
Dr. Jeffrey Sather, the chief staff officer of Trinity Hospital in Minot, made clear the question.
“We are in crisis in North Dakotans,” Sather said at a press conference Tuesday, November 3.
Trinity had no room to receive patients the night before, Sather said, and that larger hospitals had rejected Minot Medical Center̵7;s requests for referrals, citing a lack of existing beds. As a result, patients, some of them life-threatening, wait in the emergency rooms to be given beds, Sather said.
“Running at full capacity is a reality – not just in Minot, but across the state,” Sather said. “The general population does not realize the difficulties the health system is going through unless you or your family are one of those patients who are transported across the state … or lie in ER instead of lying down. in a hospital bed for 24 hours or more. “
Sather said medical specialists at his hospital told him they had to “see someone suffocate every day and sometimes several times a day.” He noted that the nurses and doctors feared for the mental health of themselves and of their colleagues when bad conditions weigh heavily on them.
The doctor reiterated other hospital administrators when he said that the crisis in medical centers was due to a lack of staff, not a lack of beds.
Like many other states, North Dakota was short of nurses and other workers prior to the pandemic, and the problem has only worsened in recent months. Trinity spokesperson Karim Tripodina confirmed that around 140 staff at the hospital were quarantined last weekend, although she is not clear how many staff are currently on the sidelines.
A similar dire situation has also been noted in Bismarck, where two hospitals recently reported only two available ICU beds and six inpatient beds between them.
Fargo’s three hospitals are also struggling, with three open ICU beds and eight inpatient beds. The Grand Forks’ Altru Hospital reportedly has an ICU bed and 10 boarding beds.
Dr. Casmiar Nwaigwe, who practices at Trinity, says the stress on hospitals and their staff is mainly due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which shows no signs of remission. Sather said half of all patients at Trinity on some days were positive for the virus, compared with around 20% statewide.
Nwaigwe and Sather have begged people to take the virus more seriously and pay attention to basic public health measures such as wearing masks and staying away from society.
North Dakota reported 12 deaths caused by COVID-19
The North Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, November 4, reported 12 deaths from COVID-19 and a number of record-high activity cases.
The dead came from across the state, including two from Walsh County and one from Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Logan, McHenry, Nelson, Pembina, Pierce, Ransom and Towner counties. All victims were at least 70 years old.
The ministry said 567 North Dakotans have not cured the disease since March, and the death toll has been increasing at a rapid rate over the past three months. The state had an average of more than eight deaths from COVID-19 per day during October and November.
At least 342 state deaths have come in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Seven facilities with more than 15 active cases in residents, including Trinity Homes in Minot, have 58 residents infected.
There is a record 8,571 people in North Dakotans known to be infected with this virus.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, North Dakota reported the largest number of COVID-19 infections and per capita deaths in the nation in the past week. The entire region is experiencing an increase in cases, with South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Montana and Minnesota all experiencing an increasing number of cases.
The number of people hospitalized for the condition has risen to 220, 132 other patients initially hospitalized with some other illness but subsequently positive for COVID-19. 54 residents with the virus are receiving special care.
The Ministry of Health reported 1,116 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Wednesday. All but seven of the state’s 53 counties reported at least one new case.
Cass County, including Fargo, reported 262 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday. The state’s most populous county has 1,323 infected residents.
Burleigh County, including Bismarck, reported 134 new cases on Wednesday. The second most active county in the state with 1,222. Morton County, located just west of Burleigh County and including Mandan, has reported 41 new cases and has 431 active cases.
Grand Forks County has reported 67 new cases, bringing its active cases to 1,056.
Ward, Walsh and Stutsman counties each reported at least 70 new cases.
About 14.2% of the 7,886 residents tested as part of the last wave received a positive result, but 23.5% of the residents tested for the first time received a positive result.
North Dakota did not report the seven-day rotating average for the positive rate, but the Forum News Service calculated this rate to be 14% for all residents tested and 24.4% for tests. Checks were performed on residents that had not been previously checked. Both of these ratios are highest since the Forum News Service started tracking the numbers in early August.
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