Nov 2, 2021
"The state has not had to ration care in Colorado during the pandemic," said Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.
Though the worst-case provisions remain inactive, some rural hospitals are implementing similar strategies. Patients who may need an ICU bed are being boarded in the emergency department. “My fear right now is that outside of the hospitals, people don’t realize how bad this is,” Wynia said. “They don’t think this is like January, at all. They think it’s OK right now. So people are behaving as though we have nothing to worry about. ... Unfortunately, that attitude is going to just tear up the health care system.”