Nearly 23% of hospitals report ‘critical staffing shortage’ amid record COVID-19 cases

Nearly 23% of hospitals throughout the United States reported critical staffing shortages on Tuesday as COVID-19 cases continue to surge, according to data released by the Department of Human and Health Services. 

Out of 4,294 hospitals that reported to the HHS, 975 said they didn’t have enough nurses and doctors. 

The staffing shortage comes as 80.8% of all ICU beds were full on Tuesday, 30.8% of which were being used for COVID-19 patients. 

Registered nurse Sara Nystrom, of Townshend, Vt., prepares to enter a patient's room in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H., Jan. 3, 2022.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) 

Registered nurse Sara Nystrom, of…

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