Kansas hospitals near breaking point as COVID patients multiply
TOPEKA - As Steve Stites, the chief medical officer for the University of Kansas Health System, tried to get the message out Friday that hospital resources are more scarce than previously thought, he began to pound his desk.
Kansas City area hospitals are approaching the point where they will have to choose who they provide care to, he said, because there isn’t enough staff to care for the continuously rising number of COVID-19 patients. Hospitals have had to refuse transfers of COVID-19 patients from the state’s rural areas, he said, which also have run out of space.
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