Slight Increase in Number of Local ICU Beds Available

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Local hospitals treating COVID-19 patients have 38 intensive care beds available, data from the Ohio Center for Journalism shows, an increase from the 31 open the week before.

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital and East Liverpool City Hospital each reported one bed available on Jan. 21, while Salem Regional Medical Center had two on Jan. 22. St. Joseph Warren Hospital had seven beds available on Jan. 21.

Only Trumbull Regional Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Youngstown has 10 or more on Jan. 21. The 17 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown is the most since Nov. 22. Trumbull Regional had the sharpest decrease, with just 10 beds available, down from 41 the week before.

St. Joseph Warren, East Liverpool and St. Elizabeth Boardman have not surpassed 10 ICU beds available this calendar year.

Across Ohio, the data indicates a dramatic decrease from 1,603 on Jan. 2 to 379 on Jan. 21. Numbers have dropped since a high of 6,017 on April 6, 2020 to a low of 345 on Dec. 30.

The number of available medical and surgical beds are fluctuating locally. Trumbull Regional has the greatest spike with 839 on Jan. 19 to 136 on Jan. 21. St. Elizabeth Boardman had three such beds available, while there were 30 at East Liverpool City Hospital and 60 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown. St. Joseph reported 41 open medical beds and Salem Regional reported 24 on Jan. 22. 

The full dataset from the Ohio Center for Journalism, which also includes information on the availability of personal protective equipment, can be viewed HERE.

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