CORONAVIRUS

Intermountain postponing non-urgent surgeries due to spike in COVID hospitalizations

Sep 10, 2021, 12:03 PM | Updated: Sep 11, 2021, 1:31 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials with Intermountain Healthcare announced all non-urgent surgeries and procedures requiring hospital admission or postoperative care will be postponed, beginning Sept. 15.

Intermountain said its teams are overwhelmed and ICUs are running out of staffed beds.

“Today is a day I wish had never come,” said Dr. Marc Harrison, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare. “Our ICUs are at more than 100 percent capacity, and they are staying there.”

“We are at a critical point where we must take further action to support our teams and the safety of our patients,” officials said.

Rural hospitals, TOSH and Primary Children’s Hospital will continue to do non-urgent surgeries and procedures requiring a hospital admission. These facilities may postpone some cases as needed depending on circumstances.

“We have tried everything we can think of to maintain normal care — it’s not enough,” Harrison said. “Let me mention again it is not enough.”

The following hospitals will be postponing surgeries:

  • Logan Regional
  • McKay-Dee (Ogden)
  • Layton
  • LDS Hospital (Salt Lake)
  • Intermountain Medical Center (Murray)
  • Riverton
  • Alta View (Sandy)
  • Park City
  • American Fork
  • Utah Valley (Provo)
  • Spanish Fork
  • Cedar City
  • St. George

“While this pause in surgeries may create challenges for some patients, it is a necessary and appropriate step given the sharp spike in hospitalizations for patients with COVID-19,” officials said. “Any patient affected by the postponements will be directly notified by telephone. Postponed procedures will be rescheduled after the surge subsides. Intermountain will continue to provide care for urgent situations and emergency patients as it always does.”

Frontline health care workers say they’re burned out, experiencing staffing shortages

Over 500 Utahns are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the state’s seven-day rolling average of new cases was over 1,500 Friday.

“This has rapidly become a pandemic of the rapidly ill, people with weakened immune systems, and the unvaccinated,” said Harrison. “We are facing a dire situation. It’s not just about beds, it’s about staffed beds.”

ICUs at Utah’s 16 referral center hospitals, where the majority of COVID-19 patients are treated, were 92.5% full Thursday — above the state’s “functionally full” threshold of 85%.

“This pandemic is affecting the overall health of our region,” Harrison said.

Across Intermountain’s system, there are currently 350 patients with COVID-19, and 87% are unvaccinated.

“For all these patients that we have in the hospital with COVID, not a single patient is in the hospital with a complication from a vaccination,” Harrison said. “Vaccinations are safe, effective and saving lives every day.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Coronavirus

FILE - The Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 4, 2024. (AP Photo/J. Scott A...

Associated Press

Supreme Court rejects COVID-19 vaccine appeals from nonprofit founded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

The Supreme Court has rejected two appeals related to COVID-19 vaccines from Children’s Health Defense, the anti-vaccine nonprofit founded by independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

18 days ago

FILE - Comirnaty, a new Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination booster for COVID-19, is displayed at a pharmac...

Jen Christensen, CNN

The FDA tells COVID-19 vaccine makers to update shot to target newest variant

The US Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it had advised the makers of the Covid-19 vaccines to formulate their new shots to be a better match for the JN.1 lineage of the coronavirus.

1 month ago

(FILE) A test dummy getting hit by an air bag during a crash test....

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

Thousands of cars equipped with faulty airbags on Utah roads as automakers issues ‘Do Not Drive’ warnings

Auto manufacturers have recalled over millions of Takata airbags because of their potential to explode and shoot out sharp metal fragments. And there are still thousands of those in cars across Utah.

1 month ago

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 03: Dr. Anthony Fauci, former Director of the National Institute of Allergy a...

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer

Fauci testifies publicly before House panel on COVID origins, controversies

Dr. Anthony Fauci is facing heated questioning from Republican lawmakers about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

1 month ago

A sign reminding Copper Hills High School students and staff to keep their hands clean during the c...

Lindsay Aerts

Utah school districts working to prioritize what stays when COVID relief money runs dry

Utah's school districts are working to figure out how they will continue to pay for programs propped up by COVID-19 relief funds.

2 months ago

FILE: Former Utah Jazz John Stockton reacts during a 76-70 Wichita State win over the Gonzaga Bulld...

Michael Houck

Former Utah Jazz star John Stockton sues Washington medical director about COVID misinformation policy

Former Utah Jazz superstar John Stockton has filed a federal lawsuit against Washington officials on First Amendment violations, arguing the state's policy of COVID-19 misinformation is unconstitutional.

4 months ago

Sponsored Articles

young male technician is repairing a printer at office...

Les Olson

Unraveling the dilemma between leasing and buying office technology

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to make an informed decision that best suits your business growth and day-to-day operation. 

A kitchen in a modern farmhouse....

Lighting Design

A room-by-room lighting guide for your home

Bookmark this room-by-room lighting guide whenever you decide to upgrade your lighting or style a new home.

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Intermountain postponing non-urgent surgeries due to spike in COVID hospitalizations