Reposted with permission from WRAL:
By Cullen Browder, WRAL anchor/reporter
RALEIGH, N.C. — There are more than 21,000 hospital beds in North Carolina. About a third are vacant. Space is much tighter for beds in intensive care, where only 22% of the state's 3,200 beds are currently empty. Although it is flu season, the vacancy rate is below the average because some hospitals have canceled elective procedures to free up space.