Covid 19: Overwhelmed Hospitals Are Rationing Care


  • As Covid-19 hospitalizations spike, some overwhelmed hospitals are rationing care.
  • Idaho and Arkansas have activated Crisis Standards of Care due to an increase in Covid-19 patients. 

Once again, Americans who don’t even have coronavirus are suffering the consequences of Covid-19 patients filling up hospitals, reports CNN.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, more than 101,000 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19. Because so many beds are currently occupied by Covid-19 patients, some patients who require urgent care will be unable to receive it.

Increase in patients

In Idaho, the Department of Health and Welfare activated its Crisis Standards of Care in the northern part of the state  due to “a massive increase in patients with Covid-19 who require hospitalization.”

Crisis Standards of Care are “a last resort” that’s only activated when “we have exhausted our resources to the point that our health care systems are unable to provide the treatment and care we expect,” health department director Dave Jeppesen said.

Only 23 ICU beds are available in Arkansas, according to Governor Asa Hutchinson. He pointed out that 91.5 percent of hospitalized Covid-19 patients and 90% of Covid-19 deaths are among those who have not been adequately immunized.

Covid surge

According to Justice, the state has 813 persons hospitalized with Covid-19 and has established a new record for Covid-19 patients in intensive care units (ICUs) with 252. A total of 132 Covid-19 patients are on ventilators, which is a new high. Doctors and governors believe that the problem affecting Americans, whether or not it was caused by Covid-19, might have been avoided.

“We just need to use good sense and get ourselves vaccinated, and then we’ll stop this,” Gov. Jim Justice said.

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Source: CNN


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