TULSA, okla. – An EMSA spokesman said there were no ICU beds available in the city of Tulsa on Monday evening.
The next patient in need of an intensive care bed would have to go to another hospital in the Tulsa County area, according to the EMSA spokesman.
The Oklahoma Medical Medical Response System and the patient’s hospital decide which place with space is the best place to send them for their needs.
That announcement comes just hours after Oklahoma state health officials announced they would not propose a mask mandate, despite rising numbers in new coronavirus-related cases, deaths and hospitalizations.
“Tonight I contacted the Department of Health, Tulsa Department of Health and local hospital management,” Mayor GT Bynum said late Monday. “Hospitals are adopting their surge plans for regionally managing ICU patient care.”
Just as the health system is regional, the response to fighting COVID-19 must also be regional, Bynum said.
“Tulsans cannot fight this alone. I again plead with the state and our neighboring communities to listen to the medical professionals asking for measures to slow the spread of this virus, “Bynum said. “Politically favorable speeches about freedom and ownership will not prevent our intensive care units from operating at full capacity. Tulsa City Council and I will continue to act under the guidance of local public health experts.”