With Rising COVID-19 Cases, AZ Health Officials Suspend Some Out-Of-State Patient Transfers

Nov 25, 2020

The Arizona Department of Health Service has suspended some transfers of patients from other states as the state’s hospitals admit an increasing number of COVID-19 patients.

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Department spokesperson Holly Poynter said Wednesday out-of-state hospitals can still transfer patients into Arizona through direct hospital-to-hospital requests, but the use of the interstate Arizona Surge Line system was suspended until hospital occupancy drops again. The department says virus-related hospitalizations had reached well over 2,000 as of Tuesday, including 531 in intensive care units. Arizona on Wednesday reported nearly 4,000 additional known COVID-19 cases with nine more deaths, increasing the state’s death toll to 6,524.