Last night, the state's website misreported the number of ICU beds available in our region. It showed there were zero until this afternoon. The health director, Katherine Wells, says it isn't anything to worry about.
"Those health department staff are in touch with the emergency management staff at both hospitals on a regular basis so we always have those meetings happening," Wells said. "
Wells said hospitals are holding steady on the South plains. There are about 50 patients in ICU beds. When it comes to capacity, Covenant Health has 126 total beds (five at its hospital in Plainview) and UMC has 97.
"The hospitals haven't had to move into their surge plans to converting other patient rooms to ICU or med surge specifically in Lubbock," Wells said.
Regarding new cases, the health department hasn't seen day-over-day increases in numbers. Wells said that's a step in the right direction.
"If you asked me two weeks ago, I would've been worried we'd be at 250 cases per day. Still being at about 100 cases per day is good. It means we're managing some of that transmission locally," Well said.
In a campaign video released Friday, Mayor Dan Pope said things are looking up.
"Our numbers have moderated. They're not exactly where we want them to be but they're in a manageable area for the hospitalizations pieces," Pope said.
Mayor Pope went on to praise UMC and Covenant's efforts. He stressed the importance of coexisting with coronavirus for the economy to function while waiting for a vaccine.