Advisory Board September 16, 2021

Covid-19 cases in the United States have risen to their highest levels in nearly a year—and the resulting surge in vaccine-preventable  hospitalizations has carried a steep cost to the nation’s health care system, according to new research from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Rising cases and declining hospital capacity

With children back in school, lax mask restrictions, and stagnant vaccination rates due to vaccine resistance, Covid-19 cases have increased—wiping out months of progress and placing hospitals in a “dire situation,” particularly in the South, Associated Press/Modern Healthcare reports.

According to a New York Times analysis of recent HHS data, one in four hospitals across the nation are approaching capacity—with more than 95% of ICU beds occupied. These numbers have increased from a reported one in five hospitals near capacity last...

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