Hospitals across the Mountain State are slammed with COVID-19 patients and Governor Jim Justice said financial help from the government is on the way.
Justice said the state’s healthcare facilities are on the verge of being over run.
“By overrun,” Justice said during today’s conference on COVID response, “I mean we could awaken to a situation where we’re basically rationing care. We’re not there right at this moment. But we should all realize that we are now at a point in time where we’re at a crisis.”
Today the governor announced an initiative called “Save Our Care” to assure medical providers that they can treat virus patients without rationing care.
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported 955 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 Monday. Virus patients account for 292 intensive care unit beds and 164 of them require a ventilator.
The United State Department of Health and Human Services reported that 82% of available hospital beds are occupied including 86% of ICU in use across the Mountain State
The “Save Our Care” plan is meant to provide financial assurance so hospitals may shift resources away from the elective procedures that often shore up a hospital’s bottom line.
Many state healthcare facilities have already curtailed elective procedures.
W.Va. has 21,490 active cases of COVID-19.