Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Sept. 16 – CBC

Some U.S. hospitals rationing health-care amid surge driven by delta, unvaccinated

Sep 16, 2021

In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health-care rationing statewide while individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization.

The decisions marked an escalation of the pandemic in several Western U.S. states, where officials are struggling to convince sceptical people to get vaccinated.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement after St. Luke’s Health System, the state’s largest hospital network, asked state health leaders to allow “crisis standards of care” because the increase in COVID-19 patients has exhausted the state’s medical resources.

Idaho is one of the least vaccinated U.S. states, with only about 40 per cent of its residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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