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Utah Hospitals Are Overwhelmed By High COVID-19 Case Counts

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.

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.