Arizona hospital moves into ‘crisis care standard’ over latest COVID-19 wave

BISBEE, AZ — An Arizona hospital has now put in place its “crisis care standards” in response to the latest wave of COVID-19 hitting the state.

In an email to ABC15, the Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed that Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, Arizona had informed ADHS “they operate in crisis care.”

“Hospitals are required to report at least every 24 hours whether they are working in conventional, emergency, or crisis care. Hospitals considering switching from emergency to crisis care are encouraged to contact ADHS Licensing to notify them propose the shift and discuss additional options,” ADHS said in an email.

During a press conference on Tuesday state health officials said Bisbee Hospital “only had 13 beds available, says they’re really struggling.”

This is because state health officials reported more than 4,000 confirmed cases and 36 deaths from the virus on Wednesday.

Before the holidays, health officials are asking anyone who decides to travel during Thanksgiving to take precautions, including getting a COVID-19 test before and after your trip.

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