Hospitals strain with COVID surge
Experts warned holiday travels and gatherings could help fuel another surge of Covid-19 infections.
well. The situation is, by all accounts, desperate here in Southern California. Ella's emergency medical services putting out an edict instructing ambulance crews two things first, not to take any patient deemed very unlikely to survive to the hospital for medical care. That's how overwhelmed the hospital system currently is. Second, they want rationed oxygen on board ambulances. Now we were aware of some hospitals in this area having issues with their oxygen systems. Uh, the US Army Corps of Engineers sent in personnel to help address those that situation. This is the first we're hearing of ambulance having oxygen issues as well. And they're telling their ambulance crews to ration the amount of oxygen, saving it on Lee for the most critical of patients. Overall, it is very bleak Picture being painted by the hospitals. Take a listen to what one doctor had to say way haven't yet seen a post December surge. If we do, on top of where we are now, we will go under. The health care system will collapse, California Governor Gavin Newsom, saying the next few days will be absolutely critical. That's when they expect to see any evidence of a surge, the dreaded Christmas surge health experts have been warning about for weeks and months. Erin McLaughlin, NBC News, Los Angeles,