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Sununu issues executive order to boost hospital capacity

Gov. Chris Sununu
Gov. Chris Sununu(WCAX)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 12:56 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 7:44 PM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Chris Sununu has issued an executive order designed to help boost capacity at hospitals across New Hampshire that are struggling with a record number of COVID-19 patients.

As of Tuesday, 350 people were hospitalized, surpassing the record set last winter and contributing to longer wait times in emergency departments and delays in treatment for other conditions.

Last year, the state temporarily set up 14 “flex facilities” in college gymnasiums and other facilities.

Under the new executive order, the focus instead will be on helping hospitals set up internal “surge centers” using space typically not used for inpatient care.

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