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Calls Related To COVID-19 Up 25% For Ogden Paramedics

First responders and paramedics are feeling the strain of the delta COVID-19 variant. In Ogden, the number of COVID-19 related calls is up substantially, and medical professionals are feeling burnt out.The Ogden Fire Department has treated 25% more coronavirus patients from January of 2021 to now versus the same time period last year.

 

Ogden Fire Department firefighter paramedic Dustin Mayhew says they see several COVID patients per day. He says they need to wear protective gear and clean their equipment and ambulance a lot more thoroughly than normal. 

 

Deputy fire chief Mike Slater says firefighters are tired and overwhelmed, similar to how hospital workers are feeling. 

 

According to the Utah Hospital Association, 90% of all staffed beds at Utah’s 16 referral hospitals are full. Intermountain is at 91% capacity, Mountain Star is at 120% capacity, Steward Health at 70% and the University of Utah is at 84% capacity. 

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!