COVID-19 surge pushes available Tennessee ICU beds down to 9 percent
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — The number of Tennesseans admitted to the state’s hospitals due to COVID-19 complications continues to mark new daily highs.
The trend is troubling because State Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey has repeatedly stressed that hospitalizations are a leading indicator for coronavirus related deaths.
In the past 24 hours hospitalizations rose to 1749 * patients statewide. That represents a 61 percent increase over the past month.
Tennessee officials report the number of available hospital beds has now fallen to 13 percent. The number of available beds in Intensive Care Units statewide is down to 9 percent.
Eighty-nine Tennesseans died yesterday due to COVID-19 complications. That represents a new all-time high for the state.
* EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect hospitalization and death numbers as of 5 a.m. on 11/12/20.