The Department of Veterans Affairs has increased bed capacity in its medical treatment facilities, to meet demands brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of last month, capacity reached 12,215 beds for critical and non-critical patients – an increase of 9,840 from March, the department announced.
The capacity opened once VA decided to stop performing elective surgeries, in anticipation of the projected increase of covid patients.
VA reported that it has “millions” of N95 masks, as well as an ample supply of hand sanitizer, gloves, gowns and eye protection.
The department also had 1,943 ICU ventilators, 826 transport ventilators, and 1,218 anesthesia machines as of late April.