Governor Kim Reynolds Denies Reports Hospitals In Some Areas Of The State Are Nearing Capacity As COVID Cases Continue To Soar

Thu 11-12-2020

(Des Moines)-- The state of Iowa today (Thurs.) is reporting 4,337 new cases of COVID-19 along with 30 additional deaths related to the virus with the state's death toll at 1,988.

1,208 Iowans were hospitalized with the virus as of this (Thurs.) morning, up from 1,190 on Wednesday, setting another new daily record. 215 were in intensive care units with 101 on ventilators.

Locally, Dickinson county reported seven new cases since Wednesday. Sioux county reported 50. 19 new cases were reported in Clay county.

Speaking at a news conference this (Thurs.) morning Governor Kim Reynolds denied reports that hospitals in some areas are nearing capacity...Reynolds & Hospital Capacity 

"My team and DPH is in regular contact with health systems and hospital leaders and they assure the team and me that that is not the case. While hospitals are experiencing sharp increases in patient volume due to the impact of COVID-19, they still are accepting patients. In fact most hospitals are continuing to provide elective surgeries although some have scaled back to open beds for more patients as needed."

The Governor also announced the state's coronavirus website will start offering more detailed numbers and breakdowns when it comes to hospitalizations.