Funding needed for Covid-19 hospital surge capacity

State says it’s city’s responsibility; City doesn’t have the money

Covid-19 hospitalizations have been on the rise in Oklahoma during the past few weeks, and now there’s a new concern.

The state helped the city set up surge capacity at Tulsa’s OSU Medical Center, but now that the contract has expired, Tulsa Mayor G-T Bynum says they’ve gotten word from the state that Tulsa would have to find some other way to staff the beds.

Bynum says the city simply doesn’t have the money.

“Having a bunch of beds is useless if you don’t have the nursing and doctor staff to treat the people in them,” Bynum said.

For the time being, it doesn’t look like the surge capacity will be needed in Tulsa, Bynum says.

But the margin for error, especially with ICU beds, is slim, and the Mayor says he will be meeting with both local and state leaders this week to figure out a plan, in case more beds are needed.

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