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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Hospitals in the southern United States are running dangerously low on space in intensive care units, as the Delta variant has led to spikes in coronavirus cases not seen since last year's deadly winter wave. One in four hospitals now reports more than 95 percent of I.C.U. beds occupied -- up from one in five last month.

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In Alabama, all I.C.U. beds are currently occupied. In recent days, dozens of patients in the state have needed beds that were not available, according to data published by the Department of Health and Human Services.

"It means they're in the waiting room, some are in the back of ambulances, things of that nature," said Jeannie Gaines, a spokesperson for the Alabama Hospital Association.

In Texas, 169 hospitals have I.C.U.s that are more than 95 percent full, up from 69 in June. There are only about 700 intensive care beds remaining across the entire state, according to recent data.

Hospitals in Houston constructed overflow tents last month to handle the influx of patients, and the rate of hospitalizations in the state is now 40 percent higher than when the tents were built.

Twenty-four hospitals in Florida reported having more I.C.U. patients last week than available beds.

Unvaccinated Americans are 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with Covid than the vaccinated, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Several of the states with the highest rates of I.C.U. occupancy, including Alabama and Mississippi, are also among those with the lowest vaccination rates.

We've identified the problem and the problem is the unvaccinated - who're also infecting those under 12 who cannot take the vaccine at present. So much of this is completely preventable which makes these numbers all the more maddening for all of us who've done our level best to stop the virus' spread.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-09-14 10:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The first screening question should be "Are you vaccinated and why?" before deciding on amount of care.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-14 11:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They should rename it the Sherman virus.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-14 01:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This virus will continue till there is no one left without antibodies. There's only two ways to get them.

If you don't want the jab, maybe there will be a hospital bed for you when you need it; maybe not. Makes no sense to me that those who don't trust nor want the jab, then go rush to the hospital after they've caught covid.

Sort of reminds me of a quote:

"There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin'. The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. ~ Mark -----

Sure seems to be a serious line in front of that electric fence.

#4 | Posted by BBQ at 2021-09-14 02:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

We stayed put during the hurricane because my neighbor is 78 and everywhere we could have possibly evacuated to was a covid hot spot.

Thanks southern -------!

#5 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-09-14 03:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So it wasn't Obamacare that caused death panels, it was the Trumpvirus in the red states. As usual, the GQP was dead wrong, emphasis on the DEAD. Those red state governors who have shown an absolute lack of leadership on COVID should thank there lucky stars that blue state governors and hospitals are willing to take in their overflow patients. Imagine how their polls would plummet if hundreds of their constituents were being sent home to die instead of foisted off on the hospitals of a state where the governor and the people did thee right thing. If I was a hospital administrator I'd look at how many ICU beds are historically in use, and then make sure the reserve that number of beds for citizens of my community/county before I started taking in COVID ICU cases from a state like Idaho. Next, as previously mentioned, I'd devise a little quiz, something like: are you vaxxed? If not, why? Is COVID real? Are Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin scientifically respected treatments for COVID? Do you own a red hat? Do you own clothing, a banner or flag with the image of a fat, orange, racist, narcisistic, traitorous, credibly accused rapist? That will weed out the anti-vaxers. For taking part, the MAGAts get a nice parting gift of of a tube of delicious, apple flavored horse paste, and a free ride home.

#6 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-09-14 04:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

#4 BBQ - Will Rogers, not Mark T. T died in 1910, but electric fences weren't really in use until the 30s.

#7 | Posted by ND_Perspective at 2021-09-14 04:38 PM | Reply

I rode back on a plane the other day next to a guy who works for the largest medical center in TN.

He said they have almost no available beds and have begun triaging patients based on their vaccination status. Good!

He also added that other hospitals in the southeast he's in contact with are beginning to do the same. After all, why should a heart attack or stroke or accident victim be denied a bed thanks to idiots who won't take a simple shot?

Quote from an ICU nurse: "If you don't trust science and doctors to keep you from getting sick, why in the hell are you clogging up hospitals trusting them to cure you?"

#8 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-09-14 05:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Quote from an ICU nurse: "If you don't trust science and doctors to keep you from getting sick, why in the hell are you clogging up hospitals trusting them to cure you?"

This. All day, every day.

#9 | Posted by chuffy at 2021-09-14 05:44 PM | Reply

Drag that Covid trash out into the parking lot. Give them a garlic bagel with a schmear of ivermectin, Hydroxy-C and bleach, and set them out to bask in the bright sunshine. Tell those patients that Dr. Trump prescribed all that treatment--they will understand and appreciate their freedom...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2021-09-14 06:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ya know, when NY ICU's were overloaded, we sent them a hospital ship ... ... and ICU patients were helicoptered to underutilized Hospitals in the south ... .hmmm.

#11 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-09-14 07:46 PM | Reply

Blue states swooping in to rescue our inbred dumbass relatives as always.

Then they get a president in the oval office and he refuses to help any blue states.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-14 07:57 PM | Reply

The southern states ICU crisis is fake news, Covid is a hoax, your chance of getting sick is almost zero.

Besides the blue states have shipped out plenty of boot straps to them.

I am sure the Blue states can spare some refrigerated trucks though.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-14 08:38 PM | Reply

Ya know, when NY ICU's were overloaded, we sent them a hospital ship ... ... and ICU patients were helicoptered to underutilized Hospitals in the south ... .hmmm.

#11 | Posted by Miranda7

Early in the pandemic when most COVID cases were in locales where people flew in from international destinations. And way before there were vaccinations available to keep people out of the hospital.

#14 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-09-15 02:49 AM | Reply

Sounds to me that the ignorant are pretty much digging their
own graves, with much help from the frightwing media of course.

You can either understand that science is the best hope we have
in a world fraught with danger, or you can listen to the silly
politicians and political hate mongers on tv...

I'll side with the scientists, the doctors, and reason...

#15 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-09-15 05:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Sounds to me that the ignorant are pretty much digging their own graves,"t

Have you seen the images from Brazil? Where they are digging graves a fast as they can but can't really keep up with the deaths? Row upon row of them, terrible thing to even see.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2021-09-15 09:20 AM | Reply

Here in Kentucky the National Guard was called in yesterday to help staff overburdened hospitals deal with unprecedented conditions resulting from a massive spike in Covid patients, most of whom are unvaccinated.

But the Republican-led legislature continues its pro-pandemic stance by battling any attempts by the Democratic governor to enforce masks and vaccines. And the Trumpist sheep flood social media claiming there is no surge, the vaccines are unproven, the governor is a tyrant, the whole thing is a hoax, etc.

#17 | Posted by cbob at 2021-09-15 11:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The GOP stance is a political strategy. If they can keep the pandemic going maybe the economy will shut down again and we can blame Biden for the mess.
They don't care about this country or it's citizens; they don't care who they hurt as long as they can blame the other side and score political points.

#18 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-09-15 04:06 PM | Reply

Here in Kentucky the National Guard was called in yesterday to help staff overburdened hospitals deal with unprecedented conditions resulting from a massive spike in Covid patients, most of whom are unvaccinated.

But the Republican-led legislature continues its pro-pandemic stance by battling any attempts by the Democratic governor to enforce masks and vaccines. And the Trumpist sheep flood social media claiming there is no surge, the vaccines are unproven, the governor is a tyrant, the whole thing is a hoax, etc.

#17 | Posted by cbo

COVID is raging here in TN too. A guy I rode next to on a plane next to last weekend works for the Tennessee's largest medical center. No capacity. They're now triaging based on vaccination status so people with heart attacks, strokes, etc can get the beds non-vaxxers are clogging up.

#19 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-09-15 05:55 PM | Reply

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