If you are guessing these are mostly red states you would be right.

Courtesy of Axios

Some states are seeing dangerous levels of coronavirus hospitalizations, with hospitals warning that they could soon become overwhelmed if no action is taken to slow the spread.

Patients can only receive good care if there’s enough care to go around — which is one reason why the death rate was so much higher in the spring, some experts say.

The Utah Hospital Association has warned that the state’s situation is becoming so dire that hospitals are expecting to begin rationing care within a week or two, per The Salt Lake Tribune.

El Paso has issued a new stay at home order in response to overwhelmed hospitals, and additional beds are being set up in the city’s convention center.

On Saturday, North Dakota had only 22 available intensive care beds and 247 regular inpatient beds, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced the return of some social distancing measures yesterday, per the Idaho Statesman. “Hospitals throughout the state are quickly filling up or are already full with COVID-19 patients and other patients, and way too many health care workers are out sick with COVID-19,” he said.

The problem is particularly acute in rural parts of the Mountain West and the Midwest, where health care workers are scarce. When they’re infected by the virus or forced to quarantine after exposure, it’s hard to find replacements, Kaiser Health News reports.

These same states have been resistant to mask mandates or the prospect of closing businesses to prevent further spread of the virus. 

The facts are that these states thought they were somehow immune because they were spared during the initial surge across the country, and they now find themselves ill-prepared for a pandemic that other states have already come to terms with. 

We are dealing with the same thing here in Alaska.

We were barely touched by the first wave of the pandemic, but this second wave is setting new records almost daily. 

And though Anchorage has mask mandates and social distancing guidelines in place, the rest of the state is still in denial.