Kansas Governor Laura Kelly sounded the alarm on Friday about the capacity of Kansas hospitals and the collection of information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
His remarks, which came on Friday in news at an event at Saint Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, come as intensive care units in northeastern Kansas, as well as the Greater Kansas City area. Wichita, have become dangerously full, with hospitals warning of their ability to treat non-COVID-19 emergencies may soon be severely limited.
In Saint Luke’s, Dr Andrew Schlachter, an intensive care doctor specializing in lung disease, said the hospital had responded to calls for beds all the way to south Texas. But the facility is unable to intervene – its number of COVID-19 cases is approaching peaks seen in November 2020.
“Imagine every hospital operating an emergency room with an intensive care bed too busy to handle your real emergency,” Schlachter said. “We’re literally talking about the types of emergencies where seconds count. And we’re running all day, every day from one fire to the next.”
Read the full Topeka Capital-Journal article: “It’s urgent, Kansas”: Governor Laura Kelly sounds the alarm on hospital capacity, denounces misinformation about COVID-19