We've essentially shut down an entire floor of our hospital. We've had to double rooms. We've bought more hospital beds, said Dr Robert Scoggins, a pulmonologist at the Kootenai Health hospital in Coeur d'Alene. Our hospital is not built for a pandemic.
In the southern Idaho city of Twin Falls, St Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center said it would no longer accept children because it is overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. Except for newborns, all under age 18 will be sent 128 miles (206 km) away in Boise.
Among those in northern Idaho joining Scoggins at a meeting of Idaho's Panhandle Health District was board member Walk Kirby.
People are dying, they're going to keep dying and catching this stuff, Kirby said. How many people won't wear a mask? The same people that won't get vaccinated for it.
Utah's Governor Gary Herbert proclaimed Friday to be a record day for Utah but not a good one as COVID-19 cases reached an all-time high for the state.
Up until now, our hospitals have been able to provide good care to all COVID and non-COVID patients who need it, he said. But today we stand on the brink. If Utahans do not take serious steps to limit group gatherings and wear masks, our healthcare providers will not have the ability to provide quality care for everyone who needs it.
By public health order, masks are required in 21 counties, said Herbert, urging Utah residents to wear one whenever they are around someone outside their immediate household.
The seven-day rolling average for new daily COVID-19 cases in the US surpassed 61,140 Thursday, compared with 44,647 two weeks ago. The record was reached July 22 when the rolling average was 67,293 in the midst of a summer outbreak driven largely by surges of the virus in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California.
The US surge mirrors a similarly widespread spike in Europe, where Rome, Paris and other major cities are reining in nightlife as part of the increasingly drastic measures undertaken to slow the spread of the pandemic.
French authorities said the country had recorded over 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, becoming the second country in Western Europe after Spain to reach that number.
The head of the World Health Organisation warned that countries in the Northern Hemisphere are at a critical juncture as cases and deaths continue to rise.
The next few months are going to be very tough and some countries are on a dangerous track, said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press briefing on Friday.
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