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U.S. Reports 3,400 COVID Deaths in One Day; One-Quarter of ICU Beds Are At or Near Capacity

HeadlineSep 17, 2021

The United States reported more than 3,400 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, while confirming more than 150,000 new coronavirus infections. One in four U.S. hospitals report their intensive care units are at or near capacity. In Idaho, overwhelmed hospitals on Thursday announced they were adopting “crisis standards of care” to ration healthcare. That means some people in need of limited resources like ICU beds, ventilators and supplemental oxygen may be denied care in favor of other patients deemed more likely to survive.

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