Local Hospitals at Capacity in Emergency Rooms and Intensive Care Units
By Kristin Forbis, Sep 13, 2021
Uintah County issued a press release to the public on Friday urging all to consider their activities while medical care is limited. In the press release they shared the following: “Uintah Basin Medical Center and Ashley Regional Medical Hospital have reported that each are at capacity in the emergency rooms and intensive care units. Significant wait times are being experienced by those needing rapid and specialized medical care. To add further complication, it has become extremely difficult locating beds to transfer patients to referral hospitals. This is placing a critical strain on medical personnel and patients needing emergency and intensive care.” While the Uintah County press release did not mention COVID-19, TriCounty Health Department reported on Thursday that there were 849 active cases and there had been 30 new COVID-19 related hospitalizations that week. TriCounty Health Director Kirk Benge also recently urged the public to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 because the current surge is taxing local hospital resources.