St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Ky., is out of ICU beds.
“We are currently in the process of opening a surge intensive care unit because our usual intensive care unit is full,” said Dr. William Melahn, chief medical officer at St. Claire.
Their ICU is full of people with COVID-19.
Thursday’s Team Kentucky press conference focused mainly on the stress health care workers and facilities are experiencing as coronavirus cases continue to rise due to the delta variant.
With hospital units having to be converted to care for those with COVID-19, space for other patients is also running out.
“It’s impacting our ability to care for all patients,” said Cindy Lucchese, chief nurse executive at University of Louisville Physicians. “The citizens of Kentucky depend on us to be able to handle emergencies.”