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COVID in Context: Brazos Valley hospital bed availability has steadied, but not yet reached pre-pandemic levels

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 8:03 AM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - In April 2020, the first full month of widespread concern for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Department of State Health Services began tracking hospital bed availability (intensive care unit and otherwise) in the trauma service areas across the state.

In Trauma Service Area N, which includes most of the Brazos Valley, hospital bed availability decreased during those first few months of the pandemic as hospitals began dealing with more COVID-19 patients.

Per data from Texas DSHS
Per data from Texas DSHS(KBTX)

However, in the past few months of 2021, that decline has steadied out but not returned to that April 2020 availability. Unfortunately, there are still days in recent weeks during which less than five ICU beds were available in the Brazos Valley.

Per data from Texas DSHS
Per data from Texas DSHS(KBTX)

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