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Utah Hospitals Nearing Capacity As Second Surge Overwhelms

Ambulances line up at the entrance of the emergency room to drop off patients at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, on Nov.11, 2020. Hospitals in the western state of Utah are preparing to ration care as COVID-19 patients flood their Intensive Care Units, according to local media. Utah Governor Gary Herbert, on Nov. 9, declared a state of emergency with a new mask mandate and other restrictions as Covid-19 cases surged and hospitals approach their capacity with record number of admissions. (STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)
Ambulances line up at the entrance of the emergency room to drop off patients at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, on Nov.11, 2020. Hospitals in the western state of Utah are preparing to ration care as COVID-19 patients flood their Intensive Care Units, according to local media. Utah Governor Gary Herbert, on Nov. 9, declared a state of emergency with a new mask mandate and other restrictions as Covid-19 cases surged and hospitals approach their capacity with record number of admissions. (STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

In Utah, intensive care units are at 87% capacity — well above what’s recommended from the Utah Department of Health. Hospitals are facing limits on beds, physicians, nurses and protective gear.

Host Tonya Mosley speaks with Janine Roberts, a nurse educator at the respiratory ICU at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, about this new surge in cases.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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