NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The leader of Louisiana’s largest hospital system, Ochsner Health, said its facilities have delayed more than 1,160 surgeries and medical procedures across the system over the past week because the hospitals are swamped with COVID-19 patients.
Ochsner Health CEO Warner Thomas said the hospitals had too few beds and health care staff amid recent record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide. Louisiana’s daily statewide hospital count was 3,013 in numbers released Thursday.
That was down by nine from the previous day. That's the first time since Aug. 2 that the hospitalization numbers didn’t set a record. But the number remains far higher than it was during three previous coronavirus surges.