Covid-19 cases have stretched many hospitals across the US due to the emergence of the Delta variety and low vaccination rates, which one expert described as “unfair and unacceptable.” Montana’s health-care system is under strain, particularly St. Peter’s Health in Helena, which is providing emergency care. Dr. Megan Ranney, associate professor of emergency medicine and associate dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, explained how crisis standards of care are activated in emergency medicine when there are mass casualty events, such as after a mass shooting or large fire, and medical professionals must ration their care.
Some patients will not be able to get hospital beds as long as hospital systems are in such a catastrophic position, according to Ranney. Others will be unable to receive treatment. Gov. Andy Beshear stated Thursday that roughly 85 percent of Covid-19 deaths in Kentucky occurred in people who were either partially or completely unvaccinated. He stated that the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated accounted for more than 87 percent of Covid-19 cases and 92 percent of hospitalizations.