Why #FlattenTheCurve: Texas’ ICU Beds By County

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has begun to proliferate in areas across the state, and one of the key metrics for assessing how well Texas’ health care system will be able to care for the very sick is the number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds by county. Based off of the Kaiser Health Network’s research, Texas 2036 created this map to illustrate which Texas counties have no hospitals, which Texas counties have hospitals but no ICU beds, and the Texas counties that do have ICU beds.

For a state with more than 28 million residents, this demonstrates how quickly our health care providers can become overwhelmed if social distancing does not slow the spread of the virus. It once again makes clear the need for Texans to work together to flatten the curve.

For interactive information provided by the KHN, check out: https://khn.org/news/as-coronavirus-spreads-widely-millions-of-older-americans-live-in-counties-with-no-icu-beds/