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Utah's rising COVID-19 numbers force Intermountain Healthcare to open surge ICU

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Posted at 3:18 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 17:18:50-04

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Utah, Intermountain Healthcare has opened a Surge ICU to help with the increasing number of patients who need care.

The Surge ICU at Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George opened yesterday.

With the number of daily COVID-19 cases hitting over 1,000 each day, hospitalizations continue to rise. Caregivers are being stretched thin across the state as more and more patients need special care due to the coronavirus.

Intermountain released a statement imploring Utah residents to take heed of the precautions to keep them safe.

"We call upon the community to stand with us at this time: Please mask up, social distance appropriately, wash hands often, and stay home if sick. Our caregivers and patients throughout the community need your support to reduce transmission of this virus."