Coronavirus cases in Utah begin to possibly overwhelm hospitals. The major hospitals in Utah are seeing the highest numbers of ICU patients due to Covid, since the virus began spreading. The state as a whole is seeing record numbers of cases (around 1,000 to 1,400 per day). Intermountain Health Care, Dixie Hospital and others are increasing the amount of overflow space made available. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Greg Bell, President of the Utah Hospital Association says that they may need to soon begin rationing care, which means that the oldest and those who are most likely to die would not receive the same treatment as the younger and more likely to live. I read a couple of Op-Eds in the Tribune, where the authors say our Governor and Lieutenant Governor didn’t heed the warnings and now we are all paying the price.
I challenge these Op-Ed writers to include in their editorials what they would have done. I actually think our administrators have done a very good job here in Utah. They seem to understand that we don’t want to make the cure worse than the disease, which is exactly what we have been looking at in places like California and New York, where bars and restaurants are permanently closing in massive numbers. The economies of the states that did massive, extreme closure as a matter of policy, really haven’t seen fewer Covid cases, but have realized that far more residents are out of work and the economic devastation will not be something they will be able to rebound from anytime within the next three to five years.
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