OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A new study of hospital data found Oklahoma to be among the least prepared states for another surge in COVID-19 cases.
The analysis gave each state a score based on the number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds, staffing shortages and number of physicians in the state – Oklahoma tied with Nevada as the 7th least prepared state in the nation.
States with the highest rankings are considered least prepared for hospital capacity.
|Rank||State||ICU beds per 1,000 people||Physicians per 1,000 people||% of ICU utilized|
“Many people are referring to the current spike in the number of COVID-19 cases as the fifth wave,” said Nick VinZant, of QuoteWizard. “Spikes in southern states are particularly troubling because our analysis found many of these states are not prepared to handle the influx of COVID-19 patients.”
The study also found over 77% of ICU beds across the country are currently being used, and there are an average of 2.96 physicians and .32 ICU beds per 1,000 people nationwide.