In order to make room for all COVID-19 patients at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles, staff have found a way to get more people inside for treatment: they place the gurney in the gift shop, Churches and conference rooms.
There are already five tents outside the hospital to help prevent overflow. The hospital’s chief executive, Dr. Elaine Batchlor, told CNN employees, “They are very skilled and flexible in adapting to more and more patients,” but if the pace continues, they will have to start thinking about whether To be rationed. She said this is “we really hate and even have to think about it.”
In the past 7 days, Los Angeles County has reported 100,000 new coronavirus cases. Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said on Monday: “The sad reality is that all indicators show that from 2021 At the beginning of the year, our situation may only get worse.” Batchlor told CNN that although patients will not leave the hospital, they may soon reach “the classification technology we use on the battlefield”, which is evaluating everyone The needs and prognosis of patients and the use of scarce drugs. The resources that patients are most likely to benefit from. “
The Covid Tracking Project said that the hospitalization of COVID-19 in the United States on Monday reached a record high, with 121,235 patients in the hospital. By looking at the data released by the Ministry of Health and Human Services on Monday, CNN found that in the past week, approximately 40% of intensive care unit patients in the country had COVID-19, up from 16% in late September and 22 in late September. % In late October and 35% in late November.
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