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Intermountain Hospitals To Suspend All Non-Urgent Surgeries

Thirteen Intermountain Healthcare hospitals are suspending all non-urgent surgeries and procedures requiring hospital admission. This policy will take effect on September 15th and will last several weeks.

Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO, Dr. Marc Harrison, said the change comes as hospitals are filling up with COVID-19 patients. Intermountain is taking care of 350 patients across all hospitals, and these numbers continue to rise with the surge of the Delta variant.

Harrison explained that 87% of their COVID-19 patients are young and unvaccinated. He said that while he empathizes with unvaccinated Utahns, people like this should not have to be hospitalized.

Emma Feuz is a senior at Utah State University majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in sociology and political science. She grew up in Evanston, Wyoming where, just like Utah State, the sagebrush also grows. Emma found her love of writing at an early age and slowly discovered her interest in all things audio and visual throughout her years in school. She is excited to put those passions to use at UPR. When school isn't taking up her time, Emma loves longboarding, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and cleaning the sink at Angies.