Only 2 pediatric ICU beds open in Dallas area

Only two children’s ICU beds were available in the Dallas area on Tuesday as the delta variant continues to spread across the country, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Only two beds were available out of 285 in all in north Texas. In addition, only about 28 adult ICU beds were available as hospitals hit 90 percent capacity Tuesday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said, according to the publication.

Only 329 staffed intensive care beds — of the 7,451 total in the state — will remain available as of Monday.

Bed shortages are an ongoing problem for hospitals across the country, as the delta variant is driving up the number of cases. Earlier this month, an 11-month-old girl infected with the delta variant had to be transferred about 150 miles away due to a shortage of hospital beds.

Experts have also revealed that children are responsible for 15 percent of coronavirus cases, leaving children’s hospitals overrun with infected young people.

Officials are urging more eligible individuals to get vaccinated, as only 44.6 percent of Texas is fully vaccinated, according to Our World Data.

“If you’re not vaccinated, it’s only a matter of when, not if you get COVID,” Jenkins said.

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