OUC said it is “difficult to determine” how long shortages of liquid oxygen will last, “because it is tied to the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in hospitals with oxygen.” When those hospitalizations decline, the liquid oxygen supply will likely increase, according to the utility company.
“This is another impact of the virus continuing to surge in our community,” the mayor said in his post. “And it’s another result of what happens when residents do not get the vaccine and become critically ill, needing medical support and treatment.”
“These are healthy, young 20-year-olds, 30-year-olds, who because of the aggressive nature of the Delta variant are now being hospitalized,” Mayhew said Friday on CNN’s New Day. “That simply did not happen in the previous surges.”
To respond to the surge, Mayhew said hospitals across the state are doing everything from postponing elective services, bringing in staff from other states and even converting auditoriums and “cafeterias to meet patient demand.”