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Boston hospitals ‘challenged' by coronavirus as city data shows beds almost full

Posted On: Mar 7, 2021   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

“Challenged” Boston hospitals remain on the brink of running out of beds amid the coronavirus surge, according to city data.
The numbers show that 99% of all adult hospital beds in Boston are full, a number the city's hovered at for six days. The hospitals' intensive care units are faring better, with 12% of beds free - though both metrics, which are seven-day moving averages, remain worse than the marks Boston officials laid out in October for “thresholds for concern.”
The threshold for concern for all adult hospital beds was 95%, a mark the city crossed Jan. 6. The hospitals blew past the 20% line set out for ICU capacity in mid December.
This data comes from Boston's semiweekly report, which was released in its latest iteration Wednesday night. Hospitals say they're still managing - but have high numbers of patients.
Terry Hudson-Jinks, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Patient Experience Officer at Tufts Medical Center, said her hospital is “currently running at 135-145% of our typical occupancy.”
“For the...

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