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Utah Considers Plan to Ration ICU Care Amid COVID-19 Surge

Utah Considers Plan to Ration ICU Care Amid COVID-19 Surge
Utah hit another ominous record by tallying the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in a single day as the state struggles to slow a monthlong surge of COVID-19 that is filling ICU beds at hospitals. Gov. Gary Herbert warned in a statement that the state is "on the brink," and once again pleaded with people to adhere to mask mandates in place. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

By    |   Sunday, 25 October 2020 10:27 PM

Medical facilities in Utah might soon have to start giving preference to younger patients over older ones in some cases as the rate of hospitalizations from the coronavirus sharply increase in the state, according to a plan given to Gov. Gary Herbert, The Hill reported over the weekend.

Hospital administrators said it might be necessary to approve such a proposal in order to take dramatic measures to cut back on admissions to intensive care units if hospitals become overwhelmed, which is a real possibility, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.

The plan stipulates that those patients who are showing improvement will be asked to consider moving from the intensive care unit to a regular hospital bed.

The governor’s office confirmed that the state’s intensive care units are approaching capacity, but did not say if Herbert would approve the hospital administrators’ proposal.

Utah's daily rate of new coronavirus cases has doubled from its worst point of the pandemic's first wave earlier in the year.

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Medical facilities in Utah might soon have to start giving preference to younger patients over older ones in some cases as the rate of hospitalizations from the coronavirus sharply increase in the state, according to a plan given to Gov. Gary Herbert, The Hill reported over the weekend.
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