Predicted COVID-19 peak bed shortage eliminated, ventilator shortage decreases

According to research from the University of Washington, the predicted number of hospital beds needed during the COVID-19 peak has decreased.
Experts show Tennessee has more hospital and ICU beds than are expected to be needed, but a shortage of just over 200 ventilators remains.

Earlier predictions showed Tennessee was expected to need about 18,000 beds, but new information released on April 5th said the state is expected to need just 1,232 beds with 7,812 available.

Total Tennessee deaths are expected to reach 587 by August 4th. National numbers also show the virus’s peak, expected to hit on April 16th, will be less severe than previously projected.

A prediction of cumulative deaths through the first wave has dropped from 93,531 to 81,766.The research shows that social distancing is likely contributing to the improved numbers

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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