COVID 19 Live Updates: U.S. States Ration Healthcare, Global Cases Rebound

Western U.S. states continue to be hit badly by the Delta COVID variant, with major hospitals beginning to ration the services they provide as virus patients take over multiple floors and soldiers are brought in to support staff.

a man standing in a kitchen: Medical staff at Three Rivers Asante Medical Center move a COVID-19 patient from the emergency room © Nathan Howard/Getty Images Medical staff at Three Rivers Asante Medical Center move a COVID-19 patient from the emergency room

In Idaho, public health leaders announced statewide rationing of care services, with only emergency treatments available. Similar measures are in place in individual hospital areas across Alaska and Montana.

Across the globe, South Korea is in the grips of a major COVID wave, China has vaccinated over one billion of its citizens, several European countries are introducing COVID passes, and the U.K. is set to announce a loosening of international travel restrictions.

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Intensive care unit beds are filling up to between 90 percent and 100 percent capacity in some places and many hospitals are being forced to consider enacting "crisis standards of care", considered a last resort system of prioritizing patients who are most likely to survive in a disaster situation and rationing the dwindling hospital resources available.

Idaho is the only state so far to enact a statewide "crisis standards of care" so far - but Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Arkansas all have 10 percent or less of their ICU beds available.

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Several U.S. states are deciding whether to ration healthcare from next week as the number of COVID patients overwhelms their ability to provide other services. Elsewhere, thousands of military personnel across the country are now assisting hospital staff.

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