Hospitals forced to ration care as COVID cases surge nationwide

Certified Nursing Assistant Angelica Corral constantly changes her PPE as she travels from room to room Friday, November, 6. Photo by Mark Lambie / El Paso Times via Imagn Content Services, LLC

The number of new coronavirus cases in this country is at an all-time high, with 145,000 reported yesterday. Hospitalizations are also at their highest right now, pushing some healthcare facilities to the limit.

In Illinois, a group of doctors warned the governor they’d have to begin rationing care and decide who to treat and who to send home. Utah is seeing similar issues.

Other states – Missouri, Ohio, and South Dakota – also face hospital capacity and staffing shortages.

Credits

Guest:
Dr. Mahshid Abir - Senior Policy Researcher at RAND and Emergency Physician at the University of Michigan

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Rebecca Mooney