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Surge in COVID hospitalizations not leading to bed shortage

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hospital officials in Connecticut say the recent surge in COVID-19-related admissions is not expected to lead to a shortage of beds. The president and chief executive officer at Hartford HealthCare says detailed plans have been developed during the pandemic identifying spaces that can be used if needed to increase capacity at their seven acute-care hospitals. Dr. Tom Balcezak, chief clinical officer at Yale New Haven Heath, which runs five acute-care hospitals, said similar plans are in place there. He said the different hospital networks also would work together, should it become necessary, to move patients around the state if one region becomes overwhelmed.

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