Utah's Hospitals Feeling the Strain of Latest COVID Wave

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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks during his monthly news conference on March 18, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP, Pool, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s hospitals are feeling the strain as coronavirus cases increase, the vast majority among unvaccinated people.

Gov. Spencer Cox on Tuesday called the latest wave a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” yet maintained the state wouldn’t be following New York in requiring people show they got the shot. But he said the state will support private companies that require some sort of proof.

Cox warns that “our hospital ICUs are filling up and our healthcare workers are feeling the strain.”

Officials say ICUs around the state have exceeded 100% capacity multiple times over the last several days.