A March 27 article from KNWA/FOX24 highlighted the number of ICU beds for each Arkansas county. They reference the governor’s March 27 update to the media and a March 20 article from Kaiser Health News whose data was updated on March 30.
The numbers in these three-month-old article could be wildly outdated now, but I thought I would share pieces of them here in light of the rising hospitalization numbers.
From the KNWA/FOX24 article:
The governor said he and his staff have looked at models for the spread of COVID-19 and indicators show an estimated 3,500 cases could be in Arkansas in about 14 days.
Gov. Hutchinson said he wanted to be prepared for “the worst-case scenario.” Should this 3,500 number happen officials believe that 750 people would be hospitalized.
The plan would be to add hospital beds and having the National Guard help the Arkansas Department of Health and Army Corps of Engineers to make this happen. Also, the state has placed an order for 500 ventilators.
How many of the 750 would require intensive care versus regular hospitalization is unknown.
Here is what we do know: There are 732 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the entire state of Arkansas. Of 75 counties, only 29 counties have ICU beds, according to a Kaiser report. However, the types of ICU beds vary: adult; NICU/pediatrics; neuro-cardiac; burn.
Switching over to the table from the Kaiser Health News article. There are two columns not included here. They are “Population Aged 60+” and “Residents Aged 60+ Per Each ICU Bed.” Hop over to the article if that is important to you.
|County||ICU Beds||Total Population||Percent of Population Aged 60+|
Back to one final bit from KNWA/FOX24’s article:
Arkansas’ county with one of the highest percentage of elderly is Cleburne County (33%) and a population of nearly 26,000. This county has the second highest reports of COVID-19, at 46, and two reported deaths. Cleburne, which has no ICU beds, usually transports their residents to the city of Conway in Faulkner County, according to officials there.