Some Kansas hospitals staying mum about patient loads

Social distancing was aimed at helping make sure hospitals weren't overrun, but they aren't saying how many beds are full.


State News

April 15, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka is among those preparing for the worst when it comes to the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo by CELIA LLOPIS-JEPSEN / KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

WICHITA, Kansas — Flatten the curve: A phrase that didn’t mean anything two months ago is now the driving factor behind social distancing, stay-at-home orders and limiting the number of people who can gather in one place.

The idea is to make sure hospitals aren’t overrun with severe COVID-19 cases, as well as help hospitals conserve limited resources such as personal protective equipment.

But in Kansas, there isn’t publicly available data on whether a hospital is close to filling up. And few are willing to share that information.

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