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Utah hospital network adds 200 nurses to combat virus surge

Hospitalizations rose with a record 468 COVID-19 patients
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo, Kim Tapia holds her granddaughter Amariah Lucero, 3,...
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo, Kim Tapia holds her granddaughter Amariah Lucero, 3, as she's tested at the Utah National Guard's mobile testing site for COVID-19 in Salt Lake City. The U.S. has recorded about 10.3 million confirmed infections, with new cases soaring to all-time highs of well over 120,000 per day over the past week. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)(Rick Bowmer | AP)
Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 8:58 AM MST
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of Utah’s largest hospital systems is adding nearly 200 traveling nurses to keep staffing levels up as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to shatter records.

Hospital officials said Thursday that the state’s hospitals are well into their contingency care protocols, and some have effectively reached 100% ICU capacity. Hospitalizations rose with a record 468 COVID-19 patients. ICU beds reached 83% occupancy statewide.

The Intermountain Healthcare hospital network sent 100 caregivers to New York City-area hospitals in April.

Now a group of 31 NewYork-Presbyterian nurses has volunteered to work at Intermountain Medical Center and LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City for two weeks.

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