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Angelique Ramirez, chief medical officer at Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks, poses for a photograph in front of the emergency entrance at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Fairbanks, Alaska.

AK Allows Hospitals to Ration Care Amid COVID-19 Spike

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The declaration covers three facilities that had already announced emergency protocols, including the state’s largest hospital.
Nursing coordinator Beth Springer stands in blue scrubs looks into a patient's room in a COVID-19 ward at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La.

U.S. COVID-19 Cases Falling as Hospitals Brace for Next Wave

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Hospital administrators are bracing for yet another possible surge as cold weather drives people indoors.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra testifies at a hearing, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Ban On ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills on Track for January Rollout

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The ban on charges that hit insured patients at some of life's most vulnerable moments is on track to take effect Jan. 1.
A firefighter works to put out a blaze at the COVID-19 ICU section of the Hospital for Infectious Diseases in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

Fire in Romanian Hospital Kills at Least 7 People

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A fire at a hospital in the Romanian port city of Constanta killed at least seven COVID-19 patients, authorities said Friday.
In this Sept. 10, 2021 file photo an emergency department sign is photographed at Kootenai Health, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Summit (OH) Fire Chiefs Sound Alarm Over Long Wait Times at Hospitals

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The Summit County Fire Chiefs' Association is trying to collaborate with the county executive and area hospitals to find a solution.
Medical personnel adjust their personal protective equipment while working in the emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan in New York.

NY Hospitals Fear Staff Shortage as Vaccine Deadline Looms

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Doctors and nurses — and also support staff, have been given until Sept. 27 to get at least their first vaccine shot.
The photo shows the front of an ambulance with its emergency lights on.

Nine Ambulance Services Help Evacuate ME Hospital Patients Following Reports of Smoke

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A team of firefighters, paramedics and police helped evacuate more than a dozen patients from Stephens Memorial Hospital after reports of smoke in the building.
In this Sept. 10, 2021 file photo an emergency department sign is photographed at Kootenai Health, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

ID Rations Healthcare as COVID Surge Drags On

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Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide amid a massive increase in the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization.
The photo shows a the side of a white ambulance with the back door open.

Most Lucas County (OH) Hospitals Return to EMS Transports after Night of Bypass

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Most Lucas County hospitals returned to normal emergency treatment operations Tuesday morning after all hospitals were placed on EMS bypass.
Jack Kingsley R.N. attends to a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

ID Patients in Hospital Halls Amid Rationed Care

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Newly confirmed coronavirus infection cases in Idaho are surging and the state is now averaging more than 950 new cases every day