Mayor says coronavirus could put Wichita hospitals at capacity soon

Wichita mayor Brandon Whipple said in a message on social media Monday that local hospitals could reach capacity in just a few weeks because of an increase in coronavirus cases.

In a message on Twitter, the mayor said he talked by phone with officials from the city’s hospitals and they reported that COVID-19 patients are at an all time high.  He said at the current rate, the hospitals could be at capacity in two or three weeks, or sooner if there is a surge of cases from the July 4th holiday.

Wesley Medical Center was reporting that beds are not full yet, but they are filling up, and the hospital is seeing its highest number of coronavirus patients so far.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting its worst week-long spike in cases since the pandemic began. The state reported 20,058 cases in 100 counties on Monday.  There were four more deaths to bring the total to 284.  There were still 118 active clusters from prisons, daycare facilities, gatherings, group homes, and meat packing facilities.

Sedgwick County was reporting  2,156 cases on Monday, an increase of 121 from the previous day,  but the county death toll remains at 28.    The county has 1,245 active cases, while 883 people have recovered.