(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota hospitals are being forced to turn some patients away rather than admitting them as beds fill up.
The state Department of Health says Trinity Health in Minot and Sanford Health in Bismarck had no available ICU or regular inpatient beds as of Tuesday. CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck reported six available ICU and inpatient beds. The shortage is becoming critical as cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 continue to surge.
The Department of Health says 55-percent of North Dakotans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.