COVID patients treated in hospital gift shops as wards are overrun
Many hospitals in Los Angeles County has declared an “internal disaster” are medical staff are forced to treat Covid patients in hospital gift shops and meeting rooms, or even outside in tents, as coronavirus infections in the US have skyrocketed.
Dr Mark Ghaly, Los Angeles County’s health services director, said that the situation is “truly dire”, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He said: “All hospitals are experiencing this strain, but it’s especially more pronounced and more serious for some of the smaller hospitals.
“Many hospitals have reached a crisis point and are having to make many tough decisions about patient care.”
The US has reported 338,820 deaths since the start of the pandemic, with a record-breaking 3,700 people hospitalised in one day on Monday, December 28.
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