Flood Update from MeritCare

Today, Friday, April 3, 2009, the number of patients hospitalized at both Fargo MeritCare hospitals has increased to 204. (Yesterday, MeritCare's census was 111 patients; the organization's average census is 380 patients.)

Fargo, N.D. – Today, Friday, April 3, 2009, the number of patients hospitalized at both Fargo MeritCare hospitals has increased to 204. (Yesterday, MeritCare's census was 111 patients; the organization's average census is 380 patients.)

Of these 204 patients, 45 of them are patients that were evacuated from MeritCare in the early morning hours of Friday, March 27, due to patient safety concerns related to the flood.

Based on today's updated forecast from the National Weather Service, MeritCare is exploring options to increase flood protection around its Fargo hospital campuses. With greater time to prepare, the organization has the opportunity to prepare for higher flood levels or for a loss of city services.