Pediatric hospitals in Portland are running out of beds and postponing surgeries as RSV cases worsen

The respiratory virus typically causes mild cold-like symptoms, but can cause much more serious illness in infants, children and immunocompromised people.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) case rates are continuing to rise in Oregon, and local hospitals are now saying the wave has reached unprecedented levels and is pushing them into crisis mode.

Oregon Health and Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital doesn’t have any available pediatric ICU beds, and Legacy’s Randall Children’s hospital announced Tuesday that it would begin postponing some non-urgent pediatric surgeries.

Both hospitals are operating at crisis standards, which means their critical care services are severely limited, with some

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