Conroe - Montgomery Edition | June 2020

CONROE MONTGOMERY EDITION

2020 HEALTHCARE EDITION HOSPITALS BELOW CAPACITY

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Montgomery County hospitals have been operating within capacity during the pandemic as coronavirus containment strategies aimed to reduce the burden on the systems.

HOSPITAL BEDS IN USE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

GENERAL BED SURGE CAPACITY: 1,500

1,500

Surge capacity measures hospital bed capacity during an inux of patients.

OPERATIONAL GENERAL BED CAPACITY: 1,251

1,250

BEDS IN USE BY NONCOVID 19 PATIENTS

1,000

Beds in use by conrmed or suspected COVID 19 patients

GENERAL BEDS ICU BEDS

750

500

250

0

June

March

April

May

TESTING TROUBLES

1.1M

17,474

1.2M

TOTAL TESTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY*

TOTAL TESTS IN TEXAS**

1M

15,947

20K

906K

14,176

1.0M 0.8M 0.6M 0.4M 0.2M 0

800K

12,428

693K

15K

10,118

587K

8,715

489K

6,879

10K

427K

5,726

351K

4,808

SOURCES: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, AMERICA’S ER, MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER *NO DATA AVAILABLE FOR MAY 5 AND MAY 23. **EFFORTS TO TRACK TOTAL TESTS ADMINISTERED IN TEXAS ARE ESTIMATES AS PRIVATE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ARE ONLY REQUIRED TO REPORT POSITIVE CASES. Despite eorts to ramp up testing, only about 3% of Montgomery County’s residents have been tested as of June 1.

290K

4,045

5K

225K

0

As Montgomery County continues to reopen, ocials said they are keep- ing a close eye on coronavirus trends. After an initial testing shortage, the testing, coupled with a lack of data clarity statewide, canmake it challeng- ing for experts to understand the scope of the disease and how to contain it, Hospitals ready, but testing demand drops inMontgomery County BY EVA VIGH CONTINUED ON 26 county has expanded its testing capa- bilities since early May, and hospitals are reporting bed usage well within their capacities. But despite concerted eorts to ramp up testing, only an estimated 3% of the county’s residents have been tested as of June 1, and at least one drive-thru testing site has shut down due to decreased demand. A lack of

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