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Local hospitals working together to increase available beds to handle surge of coronavirus patients

Posted at 11:52 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 11:52:01-04

CLLEVELAND — Hospital systems across Northern Ohio are increasing bed capacity to handle the surge of COVID-19 cases that is expected to surge in Ohio in the coming weeks.

According to Cleveland Clinic’s Chief of Medical Operations Dr. Bob Wiley, the Cleveland Clinic is increasing the number of beds at its facilities from around 3,000 to 8,000. As part of that, the hospital is increasing the number of intensive care unit beds from 500 to around 2,500.

University Hospitals Chief Medical Officer Dr. William W. Brien said that UH is also increasing bed capacity by around 300% to a total of around 6000 beds. That also includes an increase in ICU beds.

Despite the number of rising cases across the state, Cuyahoga County Board of Health Director Dr. Heidi Gullett said that Cleveland has a “considerable amount of resources from a medical standpoint for high level care.”

“If you are sick anywhere, there probably isn’t a better place to be than in Cleveland with the number of hospitals and highly trained medical professionals and the number of physical ventilators,” she said.

Right now, health officials state that Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth Systems and local, state and federal authorities are working together in a combined effort to prepare for the rising number of coronavirus cases.

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