More Overwhelmed Hospitals Begin Rationing Care

The Hill reports:

Coronavirus patients are flooding and straining hospitals across the U.S., particularly in western states where administrators are put in positions of needing to ration care as their facilities are pushed to their breaking point by the delta variant.

Alaska this past week joined Idaho in adopting statewide crisis standards of care that provide guidance to health care providers making difficult decisions on how to allocate limited resources. Several hospitals in Montana have either activated crisis standards of care or are considering it as the state is pummeled by COVID-19.

The vast majority of COVID-19 patients overwhelming hospitals are unvaccinated, months after the vaccine became widely available to U.S. adults. As of Friday, the ICUs in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky and Texas all exceeded 90 percent capacity.

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