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More Beds Added To Oklahoma Hospital Surge Plan

The state Health Department has updated its hospital surge plan as COVID-19 cases grow.

The agency is adding 340 more beds across seven hospitals in Oklahoma City and one in Tulsa, if the need arises. The hospitals will be compensated with federal CARES Act money for the surge contracts.

While the number of cases has increased, the hospital surge plan hasn’t been activated yet, as the average length of a hospital stay for COVID-19 patients has declined in Oklahoma.

Michael Cross is the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
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