Indiana officials say ICU beds being added for virus cases

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say Indiana hospitals have increased their intensive care unit capacity by about one-third in the past few weeks in preparation for an expected surge in coronavirus-related illnesses.

Having such ICU capacity available has been a prime concern as health officials reported Monday that the state had nearly 1,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases in a seven-fold increase from a week earlier.

Officials said Indiana hospitals have added about 500 critical care beds to give the state 1,940.  

While officials said about 60% of those ICU beds were in use, hospitals continue working to create more ICU capacity by steps such as converting operating and recovery rooms space.  

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