Hospitals are already adding beds, moving ICU patients to other areas, and trying to retrain staff to backfill for highly trained ER doctors and ICU nurses.
But they’re losing the fight.
“There are very limited hospital and ICU beds available and emergency departments are strained to capacity,” reads the health alert from Dr. Sharon Balter, head of Public Health’s Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention.
The memo notes that, over the past two weeks, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has jumped by 90%.
As of Wednesday, a staggering 6,155 Angelenos were hospitalized in L.A. County with the virus, and 20% of them were in ICUs spread across the county’s acute-care hospitals.
“We are forecasting that in this current surge — between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31 — 8,700 people in Los Angeles County will die from COVID. That is nearly three times the number of people that died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” Ghaly said in a press call yesterday.
“The worst is yet to come,” she warned.