Critical ICU Bed Shortage At UMass Memorial: Report

WORCESTER, MA – The intensive care unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center is at full capacity and there is a critical shortage of beds, WHDH reported on Friday.

Dr. Eric Dickson, President and CEO of UMass Memorial Heath, told the news broadcaster that an increase in coronavirus infections, patients who have had procedures and operations delayed due to COVID-19, and bottlenecks in nursing homes and other care facilities are the main causes of things which contribute to the shortage of beds.

In Worcester County, 5,154 positive COVID-19 tests were reported between November 17 and December 1, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Nationwide, the number of new cases is as high as it has been since around this time last year.

Hundreds of UMass Memorial Health employees decided last week to quit their jobs because of the hospital system’s coronavirus vaccine mandate.

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