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Coronavirus in LA County: Some overflowing hospitals resort to putting patients in gift shops, conference rooms


LOS ANGELES (KABC) — #Some hospitals in #Los #Angeles #County are so packed with COVID-19 patients, they’re resorting to placing patients in conference rooms or even gift shops.

#In just days, L.A. #County is expected to surpass 10,000 deaths related to COVID-19. The county recently took new action, requiring all travelers to quarantine for 10 days. The region reports a 600% increase in COVID-19 related deaths since #November.

RELATED: 1 person died in LA #County from COVID every 10 to 15 minutes over past week

“#On average, nine to 10 people in L.A. #County test positive for COVID-19 every minute,” said #Dr. #Barbara #Ferrer, the county’s public health director.

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#Over the weekend, 96% of hospitals in L.A. #County had no room for emergency patients. #Many facilities are struggling due to the lack of space. #Members of the medical community are concerned that they’re not only running out of beds to treat COVID patients — but they’re also those who need other medical attention.

“#We’re getting to a crisis in #Los #Angeles #County where the hospitals are full. #So one of the most important things to understand is if you get it, it’s going to be challenging. There’s kind of no room at the inn,” said #Dr. #Marianne #Gausche-Hill with the L.A. #County #Emergency #Medical #Services #Agency.

WATCH: LA hospitals running out of space to treat patients with COVID, other illnesses

#California #Secretary of #Health and #Human #Services #Dr. #Mark #Ghaly on #Tuesday said hospitals in #Los #Angeles #County are turning to “crisis care” and are bracing for another surge heading into the new year.

“#We certainly know that #Southern #California hospitals are in crisis, and some have begun to implement parts of crisis care,” he said.

#State officials notified hospitals late #Monday they should prepare for the possibility that they will have to resort to “crisis care” guidelines established earlier in the pandemic, which allow for rationing treatment when staff, medicine and supplies are in short supply.

#Decisions about medical care cannot be made based on factors such as income, age or gender, instead being grounded primarily “in the likelihood of surviving in the near term,” said #Kim #McCoy #Wade, director of the #California #Department of #Aging.

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#Ghaly warned a “significant surge” could come to #Southern #California in #January.

MORE: #Who will get the COVID-19 vaccine next in #California?

#As the virus surges across the country, just over 2 million vaccine doses have been administered. The #White #House task force is pushing its goal of vaccinating 20 million #Americans by the end of the year to #January. #Now, a fifth vaccine is entering phase 3 trials.

#But the vaccine rollout hasn’t been without difficulties. #One pharmacy in #Milwaukee was forced to throw out 50 vials – which equates to 500 doses – of the #Moderna vaccine after they were inadvertently removed from the refrigerator and spoiled.

The facility, #Aurora #Medical #Center, released the following statement:

“#While some of the vaccine was administered to team members on #Dec. 26 within the approved 12-hour post-refrigeration window, unfortunately most of it had to be discarded due to the temperature storage requirements necessary to maintain its viability.”

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#In #New #York, a criminal investigation is underway after #ParCare #Community #Health allegedly diverted vaccine doses to more than 850 people who were not on the priority list. The facility said it is actively cooperating with the investigation.

“#We will not tolerate any fraud in the vaccination process,” said #New #York #Gov. #Andrew #Cuomo.

The #Associated #Press contributed to this report.

RELATED: #Pasadena hospital could be forced to ration care if COVID spike worsens

RELATED: #Health care workers at #SoCal hospital pushed to breaking point

RELATED: #Doctor describes saving 10 code-blue patients in 1 shift

MORE: #When can you get the COVID-19 vaccine? #Check where you are in line

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