The Hauts-de-France Regional Health Agency (ARS) announced on Friday the extension of the "white plan" to the entire region because of "the pressure" that the epidemic of Covid-19 "on intensive care and conventional hospital beds".
The ARS had already activated this week the "white plan" in several territories - Lille metropolitan area, Hainaut and Oise - and asked all establishments in the region to open "114 critical care beds and 260 medical beds" additional “by mid-December”, to “anticipate any risk of saturation at the end of the year”.
The extension to the entire region of the “white plan” - which makes it possible in particular to deprogram operations and reassign personnel to critical care services - is explained by “the rapid development of the epidemic situation” and “the increase in the number of Covid patient admissions to hospital departments ”.
As of December 9 in Hauts-de-France, 183 Covid patients were being treated in critical care beds and 559 in hospitalization, according to the Hauts-de-France ARS.
The ARS of six other regions have already announced in recent days the triggering of the "white plan" in all their hospitals and clinics.
More than 56,000 new cases in 24 hours, nearly 2,500 people in critical care due to Covid-19
Hauts-de-France hospitals ordered to increase their bed capacity
Regional health agency
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