Oregon Hospital Leaders Address Omicron Surge

In this Aug. 20, 2021, file photo, two visitors peer into the room of a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital in Salem, Ore., as a nurse dons full protective gear before going into the room of another patient. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems addressed hospital capacity and the surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Nearly 1,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oregon.

Becky Hultberg, President of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems made it clear that the next couple of weeks are going to be really tough on hospitals.  But she says the good news is that people are not as sick as they were with the Delta variant.

Delays in moving patients to places like long-term care facilities are a big problem.  Hultberg says hospitals have 582 patients who could be discharged, but there’s nowhere for them to go.

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