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AROUND OREGON: Covid patient dies waiting for hospital bed in Douglas County

ROSEBURG - A Douglas County patient died yesterday at CHI Mercy Medical Center while waiting for a bed in the ICU to open up.

The hospital, through the Douglas County COVID-19 Recovery Team, shared the story on Thursday afternoon.

“This moment, we pause.

A COVID positive patient was in our Emergency Department, within our four walls, waiting for an open Intensive Care Unit bed to receive life-saving care.

It had been several hours because other COVID positive patients had filled those beds.

Even after expanding ICU care onto other floors, there weren't any beds available for this patient.

We didn't have enough.

This patient died in the Emergency Department waiting for an Intensive Care Unit bed.

This is very real to our physicians, clinicians, housekeepers, and each member . . .