Utah confirmed 1,749 COVID-19 cases on Friday, and one doctor at Intermountain Healthcare said that Utah leaders fear the state will reach “crisis standards of care.” Dr. Todd Vento said hospitals are overwhelmed and there aren’t enough staff to keep up.
Vento said that citizens need to take more care in trying to stop the spread of the virus, especially as the Delta variant has surged. He explained that many intensive care units across the state are above capacity, and that workers are not exaggerating these numbers.
Vento made it clear that these cases aren’t just coming up randomly. What people do in their communities is directly related to rising COVID cases. He said that cases will continue to rise if communities continue to not be vaccinated, wear masks or social distance.