Surge contracts at Oklahoma hospitals not active despite ongoing uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations

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TULSA, Okla. — State leaders haven’t reactivated surge contracts at Oklahoma hospitals yet despite the ongoing uptick in hospitalizations related to COVID-19.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 738 COVID-19-related hospitalizations on Wednesday -- the highest total since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Oct. 7, 2020 - Dates with highest COVID-19 suspected and positive hospitalizations.
Oct. 7, 2020 - Dates with highest COVID-19 suspected and positive hospitalizations. (OSDH)
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State leaders said Wednesday that the surge contracts for Oklahoma state hospitals ended on Sept. 21.

The contracts secured and provided an additional 245 hospital beds supplemented by CARES Act funding.

Sixty-to-seventy beds of the 245 were being used at any one time.

Oct. 7, 2020 - Percentage of ICU beds available statewide (Cumulative total of reporting hospitals)
Oct. 7, 2020 - Percentage of ICU beds available statewide (Cumulative total of reporting hospitals) (OSDH)

State leaders say they can turn the surge contracts back on if they need to. The state still has a contract with Integris Health System to activate 95 beds if they need to.

Each hospital also has its own internal surge plan.

State leaders say they are working daily with the Oklahoma Hospital Association to refine the surge plan triggers across the state.