City of Oklahoma (KFOR) – As rural Oklahoma hospitals remain full, medical officials are telling KFOR they need to send more patients miles to subway areas. However, the metro hospitals reveal that they are already fully implemented.
“I was frozen,”
It was a long and terrifying ambulance trip for Pate and one-year-old Alice.
“I thought we overcame it,” Pate said. “I didn’t know her little body was still struggling with him.”
Pate and her husband tested positive for COVID-19 in late October. Their two children began to show symptoms within days.
But two weeks later, Pate said there was fear on Monday morning.
“I thought she was choking on her breakfast, but it was a really bad bout of coughing,” Pate said. “She was trying to squirm and trying to breathe.”
Alice struggled with a 101-degree fever as she was rushed to Stillwater Medical Center.
Oxygen levels in it dropped rapidly.
It was tested for COVID-19. The results returned positive.
“There were stops in the hallways,” Pate said. “They had patients in the corridors with curtains who were trying to have privacy. It was as if they were playing Tetris with hospital equipment. ”
“We planned, we plan and we plan, and now we’re scared,” said Sheila Eggers of Stillwater Medical Center.
As of Wednesday, Stillwater Medical Center is still vacant. Their public relations team told KFOR that they had to convert an office wing into patient rooms just to overflow. Patients are also kept in the emergency area for hours, hoping to provide a bed.
“We’ve seen outbreaks in rural communities like Perkins, Ripley and Cushing,” Eggers said.
This harsh reality hit Beth first hand. She and Alice were transferred 50 miles to OU Children’s in Oklahoma City to help free up space in Stillwater.
“We see some of our rural communities hitting hard,” Eggers said.
“Masks are so rare in Perkins,” Pate said. “There are no such in a grocery or restaurant. They don’t think they will get it. “
Beth tells KFOR that Alice is recovering well at home after she finally tested negative for the virus.
More communities in Oklahoma were in the third tier of Oklahoma’s four-step plan to increase hospital conditions on Wednesday night. Now more than half of the state is in the Orange region.
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