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Sun Dec 20, 2020, 06:52 AM

Utah ICUs now at 99.4% capacity, as state reports 2,408 new COVID cases and 8 deaths

Intensive care units at Utah hospitals have never been so slammed during the pandemic — with many of them beyond officially full — as the state reported another 2,408 cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths Saturday.

The percent of all occupied ICU beds statewide is now 99.4%, or 534 of 537 beds filled.

At the 14 biggest hospitals that handle the most coronavirus cases, the rate of ICU beds now occupied is 104.1%, or 480 patients, which is beyond their official capacity of 461 beds.

With COVID-19 on top of regular cases, the ICUs at University of Utah Health hit a point earlier this week where “we couldn’t admit anybody, and that lasted for several hours” before beds opened up as some patients left or were transferred, said Dr. Kencee Graves, assistant chief medical officer there.

Read more: https://www.sltrib.com/news/health/2020/12/19/feds-apologize-shipping/
(Salt Lake Tribune)

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