Hospital officials on Tuesday begged the public to pay attention to the prevention of the coronavirus, as the number of people and space in local hospitals was reduced to dangerous levels because of the surge in cases.
At the Riverside Community Hospital-officials say that 214 COVID-19 patients are currently being admitted-a former cafeteria was converted last weekend as an alternative care space in response to the surge in patients waiting for beds in the emergency department.
Annette Greenwood, the chief nursing officer of the hospital, told Metropolis News: “What I saw was a disaster. I have been a nurse for 33 years, but I have never seen anything like this.”
She said the current surge in coronavirus cases is mainly due to Thanksgiving gatherings. The potential impact of the Christmas holiday is just beginning to emerge.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday that Americans are expected to start receiving direct payments for their COVID-19 relief through direct deposit as early as Tuesday night.
The California National Guard deployed 9 medical personnel
The corps helped the emergency department of the hospital, and six nurses helped
Intensive care unit, but officials say the hospital is understaffed and the ICU is
Greenwood said: “As far as nurses are concerned, there are no more resources available. People are increasing their shifts. These are all of these COVID patients. You cannot be with your family due to the risks, so we are praying with these patients. We are helping them to call their families, we are singing with them, and when needed, we become the last hand before people enter eternity. Therefore, the emotional and physical pressure is overwhelming for the team. ”
Kaiser Permanente’s Riverside and Moreno Valley Medical Centers reported that their intensive care unit was also full, and they had to convert conference rooms, waiting rooms and other areas of the hospital into patient care areas as part of their medical plan .
Officials said these facilities have treated a total of 211 COVID-19 patients.
Officials at the Medical Center of the Riverside University Medical System said that the institution is implementing a medical plan, its intensive care unit has been overloaded, and beds elsewhere in the hospital quickly filled up.
Greenwood said: “I just reached out and said to wear a mask, please keep social distance. Don’t party on New Year’s Eve, please don’t.”
According to RUHS, as of Monday, the county’s coronavirus hospitalizations were 1,367, an increase of 40 from Thursday. This includes 282 intensive care unit patients, an increase of 27 from last week.
Since November 27, the number of COVID-19 cases in the intensive care unit has increased by 151%.