JOHNSTON, Iowa (KCAU) – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds held a press conference Thursday morning.
Reynolds said news coverage has warned Iowans that hospital beds in some areas are full, suggesting people may not be able to receive care. However, Reynolds said that hospital leaders assured her team that is not the case.
“While hospitals are experiencing sharp increases in patient volume due to the impact of COVID-19, they still are accepting patients,” said Reynolds. “In fact, most hospitals are continuing to provide elective surgeries, although some have scaled back to open beds for more patients as needed.”
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), nearly half of the state’s hospital beds are being used by COVID-19 patients. Reynolds also addressed testing capacity in the state, saying Iowa has 140,000 remaining test kits, and that Iowa’s drive-thru Test Iowa sits can now handle a capacity of 4,040 Iowans per day.
But, the governor stresses that there are several options for Iowans seeking a test.
“Not only is there Test Iowa, there are clinics, there are doctors and there are other entities that are providing antigen testing. So we’re gonna continue to make sure that we address the need and we’ll adjust. We’ve continued to adjust throughout this process. Everyday, we’re finding additional opportunities to expand that,” said Reynolds.
The state is set to include more detailed virus hospitalization information on its COVID-19 website. The data will differentiate between patients who are in hospitals because of COVID-19 or another reason but tested positive.
Watch a replay of the press conference below.