‘We ran out of ICU beds today’: Hospitals stagger under strain as COVID-19 cases reach highest level since winter (Boston Globe)

Boston Globe: ‘We ran out of ICU beds today’: Hospitals stagger under strain as COVID-19 cases reach highest level since winter. “Hospitals were already struggling to handle an unprecedented crush of patients with other conditions, including those who delayed care after the pandemic hit. But some doctors said the new wave of COVID patients tended to have milder symptoms than in previous surges, likely because of high vaccination rates and improved treatments.”

Yale News: YNHH hospitalized COVID-19 patients double, 90 percent unvaccinated

Yale News: YNHH hospitalized COVID-19 patients double, 90 percent unvaccinated. “Around 90 percent of patients who were treated at Yale New Haven Hospital for COVID-19 over the past few months were unvaccinated. This statistic was announced at a recent briefing which addressed the pandemic’s impact on the community and at YNHH. Since the start of the academic year, the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to YNHH has remained roughly the same, although case numbers have more than doubled in recent weeks.”

Antara News: Govt readies 1,200 hospitals to anticipate third COVID-19 wave

Antara News: Govt readies 1,200 hospitals to anticipate third COVID-19 wave. “The government has readied 1,200 referral hospitals across Indonesia as an anticipatory step against a likely third wave of COVID-19 in early 2022. ‘The preparations for providing referral hospitals is one of the government’s strategies to deal with the threat of a third wave of COVID-19,’ Health Ministry’s spokesperson, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, noted in Jakarta, Thursday.”

Reuters: Dutch COVID-19 Patients Transferred to Germany as Hospitals Struggle

Reuters: Dutch COVID-19 Patients Transferred to Germany as Hospitals Struggle. “The Netherlands started transporting COVID-19 patients across the border to Germany on Tuesday to ease pressure on Dutch hospitals, which are scaling back regular care to deal with a surge in coronavirus cases. A patient was transferred by ambulance from Rotterdam to a hospital in Bochum, some 240 km (150 miles) east, on Tuesday morning, and another would follow later in the day, health authorities said.”

Associated Press: Minnesota National Guard to Reinforce Nursing Home Staffs

Associated Press: Minnesota National Guard to Reinforce Nursing Home Staffs. “The Minnesota National Guard will deploy 400 members to reinforce nursing staffs at long-term care facilities that have been struggling with severe personnel shortages amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tim Walz on Monday also proposed using $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to help these facilities hire and retain staff.”

Bloomberg: Covid Rebound in U.S. Is as Bad as Last November’s in Some Spots

Bloomberg: Covid Rebound in U.S. Is as Bad as Last November’s in Some Spots. “In 15 states, patients with confirmed or suspected Covid are taking up more ICU beds than a year earlier, according to Department of Health and Human Services data. Colorado, Minnesota and Michigan have 41%, 37% and 34% of ICU beds occupied by Covid-19 patients, respectively, the data show. The dramatic uptick means there’s proportionately less space in hospitals for those suffering from other potentially deadly ailments.”

COVID In Minnesota: Nat’l Guard Arrives As Hospitals Are Overrun With COVID Cases (WCCO)

WCCO: COVID In Minnesota: Nat’l Guard Arrives As Hospitals Are Overrun With COVID Cases. “Federal emergency relief teams from the U.S. Department of Defense are on their way to Minnesota to help doctors and nurses at two Minnesota hospitals. When the rest of the state is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, they’ll be fighting the state’s COVID-19 surge. The shortage of ICU beds is so severe, doctors warn emergency care across the state is being compromised.”

The Guardian: ICU is full of the unvaccinated – my patience with them is wearing thin

The Guardian: ICU is full of the unvaccinated – my patience with them is wearing thin. “Enshrined in the way we protect patients’ autonomy is the recognition that others may reasonably make decisions we may see as irrational or wrong. We are all products of our upbringing, education and opportunities, and I have been hugely fortunate that in my case these have led me to make decisions I value. Who is to say I wouldn’t have made different choices in someone else’s shoes. Translating this to the choice not to take the vaccine, however, I find my patience wearing thin. I think this is for a number of reasons. Even if you are not worried about your own risk from Covid, you cannot know the risk of the people into whose faces you may cough; there is a dangerous and selfish element to this that I find hard to stomach.”

Michigan is now worst COVID-19 hot spot in nation; hospitals pushed to capacity (Detroit Free Press)

Detroit Free Press: Michigan is now worst COVID-19 hot spot in nation; hospitals pushed to capacity. “Michigan catapulted Tuesday to the worst COVID-19 hot spot in the nation, as the seven-day case rate rose to 503.8 per 100,000 residents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitals statewide say they’re feeling the pressure as the number of COVID-19 patients has climbed nearly 50% in the last month — from 2,097 patients admitted with confirmed cases of the virus on Oct. 18 to 3,082 on Monday, according to state data.”

StarTribune: Minnesota has nation’s worst 7-day rate of new COVID-19 infections

StarTribune: Minnesota has nation’s worst 7-day rate of new COVID-19 infections. “Minnesota’s rate of new coronavirus infections has been worst in the nation over the past seven days, according to the latest federal data, and has brought the state’s hospitals closer to capacity. State health leaders encouraged Minnesotans to protect themselves with mask-wearing and social distancing measures that Gov. Tim Walz no longer has authority to impose.”

Associated Press: As COVID-19 Surges In Eastern Europe, Leaders Slow To Act

Associated Press: As COVID-19 Surges In Eastern Europe, Leaders Slow To Act. “At the main hospital in Romania’s capital, the morgue ran out of space for the dead in recent days, and doctors in Bulgaria have suspended routine surgeries so they can tend to a surge in COVID-19 patients. In the Serbian capital, the graveyard now operates an extra day during the week in order to bury all the bodies arriving. For two months now, a stubborn wave of virus infections has ripped mercilessly through several countries in Central and Eastern Europe, where vaccination rates are much lower than elsewhere on the continent. While medical workers pleaded for tough restrictions or even lockdowns, leaders let the virus rage unimpeded for weeks.”

Portland Press-Herald: Maine sets all-time high for COVID-19 hospitalizations

Portland Press-Herald: Maine sets all-time high for COVID-19 hospitalizations. “According to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of individuals hospitalized rose to 248, which eclipses the previous high of 235 set on Sept. 25. Among those currently hospitalized, 72 are in critical care and 31 are on ventilators. Prior to September, hospitalizations had not been above 200 since January. Now, the number has been above 200 for 21 of the last 22 days.”