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Thu Jun 18, 2020, 09:57 PM

Hospital officials warn coronavirus models point to capacity concerns

Updated: 8:06 PM CDT June 18, 2020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark The chancellor of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences raised alarms in front of state lawmakers Thursday at a hearing called to get an update on hospital readiness as the coronavirus pandemic stalks the state.

Dr. Cam Patterson shocked some members of the joint subcommittee overseeing hospitals and Medicaid with the figures emerging from the latest models developed by the UAMS School of Public Health.

"The UAMS model predicts that the peak will be about 50 times higher than the current incidence of infection," Dr. Patterson said. Subcommittee chair state representative Fred Love (D - Little Rock) interrupted him.

"Hold on for a second. Hold on. Did you say 50 times?" Rep. Love asked.

The chancellor replied "Five. Zero."



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