Hospitals begin to limp out of the latest COVID-19 surge

  • A person walks between buildings at the University of Kansas Hospital on Jan. 28 in Kansas City, Kan. Hospitalizations fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant have begun falling after peaking at record levels in some communities. But doctors are warning that the wave is leaving behind more deferred surgeries and an increasingly worn out health care workforce in its wake. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

As omicron numbers drop at Denver Health, Dr. Anuj Mehta is reminded of the scene in the 1980 comedy “The Blues Brothers” when John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd pile out of a battered car after a police chase.