Arizona stops some out-of-state COVID-19 patient transfers

Arizona stops some out-of-state COVID-19 patient transfers
COVID-19 graphic. (Source: WIS)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Because of the rise in cases, leaders with the Arizona Department of Health Services have stopped accepting some patient transfers from other states, according to The Associated Press.

A spokesperson for the department told the AP out-of-state hospitals can still send patients directly to Arizona hospitals, but the department will halt the use of the interstate Surge Line system until hospital capacity frees up.

This new stance comes as Arizona reports thousands of new COVID-19 cases across the state every day, painting a similar picture to the first surge in the spring, according to health department data.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, Arizona had 12 percent of intensive care unit beds available, with 62 percent of those filled with non-COVID-19 patients and 26 percent by COVID-19 patients, according to the state health department.

The last time there were that many COVID-19 patients in the state’s ICU beds was in early August.

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