2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs
Posted: Jan 24, 2021 11:13 AM CDT
By CARLA K. JOHNSON and NICKY FORSTER Associated Press
U.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients.
These hospital units take care of the sickest of the sick. Some are running out of space and supplies, while scrambling to pay the soaring rates of temporary traveling nurses.
Hundreds of ICUs are struggling at the same time, with many clustered in the South and West.
An Associated Press analysis shows that since November, the share of U.S. hospitals nearing the breaking point has doubled.
More than 40% of Americans live in areas running out of ICU beds.
Experts say sustained surges can jeopardize the quality of care in ICUs.