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Bozeman Health says local COVID-19 forecast predict peak the week of April 27th

Posted at 11:07 AM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 13:07:29-04

BOZEMAN — The Gallatin City-County Health Department held a press conference on Friday, and Health Officer Matt Kelley was joined by President and CEO of Bozeman Health, John Hill.

Hill told the media according to multiple forecasts, the peak within Bozeman Health’s service area will be the week of April 27th.

At that peak, they are anticipating over 100 COVID-19 patients to be under active care at Bozeman Health’s hospitals.

Hill says forecasts say 83 will be inpatient admissions, and 17 will be ICU admissions.

According to Hill, these forecasts have helped Bozeman Health prepare for weeks to come.

“Our health system is implementing a surge plan that allows for the accommodation of a 20% daily inpatient growth rate until we reach our peak with a full planning horizon that covers the next 8 weeks which is April 7th through June 2nd,” said Hill.

Hill says testing continues to remain limited across the state.