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Winnebago County officials preparing for when more hospital beds are needed

LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATE: Winnebago Co. health officials give an update on the novel coronavirus in our area.

Posted by WREX-TV on Thursday, March 26, 2020

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Health officials in Winnebago County are preparing to need additional hospital beds amid the outbreak of COVID-19.

The Winnebago County Health Department says as of Mar. 26, the county has 892 potential hospital beds, including 519 hospital beds already filled.
Of those numbers, 164 beds are ICU beds, 93 which are already filled.

The number of ventilators available on Mar. 26 is 72.

Here's a full breakdown of the hospital beds in the county and what it could like in 6 months:

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As of Thursday, Mar. 26, there are 8 confirmed cases in Winnebago County.

Here's what we know about the cases in the county:

The health department says the second and third person's case was community spread, but have not said how any of the other patients got the virus. Details of the conditions of all of the residents is unknown at this time.

Here's a breakdown of testing in the county:

  • 8 positive cases
  • 202 negative cases
  • 305 cases still pending
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