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.
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.
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.
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