WASHINGTON – Using new data from researchers at the University of Washington, President Trump and his team believe that while the coronavirus will peak around April 15 in the United States, it will peak in Kansas in late April or early May.
That same data, available at covid19.healthdata.org, shows Kansas is not expected to experience a shortage in overall hospital beds.
“We believe there are less than 30 days left until we see the peak in the number of cases in Kansas,” said U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. “I have been saying we have a few more tough weeks ahead of us, but thanks to President Trump’s leadership in encouraging all Americans to stay home and practice safe hygiene habits, we can safely begin predicting a decline in the number of cases in May. This is good news and a light of hope for all Kansans. Though we might be short a few ICU beds, and perhaps ventilators, I’m sure we can make some adjustments, like converting surgical recovery rooms into ICU beds, and, thanks to American ingenuity, we see hospitals across the nation have learned to place two or even four patients onto one ventilator.”
Rep. Marshall notes the critical issue going forward will be health care staff – the doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists that are required to provide patients with around-the-clock care.
“We must keep our health care staff healthy to ensure patients receive the care they need,” said Rep. Marshall. “If we can all continue to do our part, stay home, wash our hands and avoid crowds we will defeat this virus.”