PROVO, Utah – Intermountain Healthcare officials said Utah Valley Hospital is forced to change its security procedures because of conspiracy theorists who don’t think Utah’s intensive care units are approaching their functional capacity.
Medical workers said some people tried their best to enter and film the hospital’s intensive care unit in an attempt to try to prove their point.
Many Provo city council members still cannot believe what they heard earlier this week.
“You mentioned that some people were trying to film in the hospital,” said George Handley, a member of Provo city council, during the virtual council meeting last Tuesday.
Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital administrator Kyle Hansen, who was part of the meeting, told board members that the hospital was changing security procedures after people attempted to videotape what was happening there. inside.
“These are the conspiracy theorists who believe what they are told is not correct,” Hansen said.
Hansen said some people tried to enter the hospital because they did not believe COVID-19 was occupying medical workers in the numbers that were reported.
“They are determined to film and capture evidence of this by gaining access to our facilities,” said Hansen.
Only visitors’ guests, or those with a doctor’s appointment, are allowed in at this time.
“Some people got very creative in the way they lied about coming on a date or other things,” Hansen told the board.
“I find it incredibly sad and disheartening,” Handley said.
Handley felt medical workers deserved better and shouldn’t be distracted by people entering rooms and the intensive care unit to film the conditions inside.
“We owe them a great debt, and to treat them as if they are part of a false plot to deceive the public is just shameful and embarrassing,” Handley said.
In a statement, Intermountain Healthcare said, “Hospital staff have also responded to phone calls regarding similar false conspiracy theories. Although these situations are few and far between, stopping attempts at inappropriate access and responding to false conspiracy theories distracts attention from the provision of life-saving care provided in hospitals. “
Intermountain Healthcare went on to write “COVID-19 is real and the hospital is seeing a sharp increase in the number of patients infected with the virus. “