Brevard Hospitals squeezed as COVID cases overwhelm admissions

As COVID-19 patient counts continue to soar in Brevard County — swamping local hospitals to near breaking point — some in the medical and emergency management sectors paint an increasingly dire picture of the situation.

All three hospital systems in the county are over capacity, and are continuing to deal with a strong surge in patients, Brevard County Emergency Management Director John Scott said.

Brevard County Communications Director Don Walker said county officials are now working with the hospital systems to identify potential sites outside the hospitals to house patients, should the surge reach a level at which they run out of space and can no longer handle the patient counts.

Already, Brevard’s hospitals have halted many of their elective surgeries, and have converted some of their general patient beds for use as intensive-care-unit beds or for COVID-19 patients.

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