From corridors to parking lots they are becoming areas for treating patients. Daily cases rose more than 80% in 15 days.
With a dramatic list of 250 thousand dead Due to coronavirus, hospitals in the United States are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways and even parking lots into patient treatment areas. Medical staff desperately call other hospitals looking for available beds. And fatigue and frustration are taking over front-line workers.
Conditions inside America’s hospitals are deteriorating with each passing day as the coronavirus spreads across the country at a relentless pace.
“We are depressed, discouraged and extremely tired,” said Alison Johnson, director of intensive care at Johnson City Medical Center, Tennessee, adding that some days she cries while driving to and from work.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States has duplicate in the last month and has set records almost every day this week. Until Tuesday, around 77,000 people they were hospitalized for the virus.
New cases per day have increased more than 80% in the last two weeks at the highest levels on record, averaging about 160,000 infections daily. Cases are on the rise in all 50 states. Deaths average more than 1,155 per day, the highest figure in months.
The rebound is prompting governors and mayors across the country to issue orders for the use of masks, limit the size of private and public gatherings ahead of Thanksgiving, prohibit eating inside restaurants, gyms close or restrict the hours and capacity of various businesses.
New York City’s school system, the largest in the nation with more than 1 million students, suspended face-to-face classes Wednesday due to rising infection rates, a painful setback in a part of the country that had suffered from the pandemic in the spring but appeared to have brought the virus under control months ago.
Texas is sending thousands of additional medical workers to overburdened hospitals as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide approaches 8,000 for the first time since a deadly outbreak in the summer.
In the far north of the state, about half of the patients admitted to Lubbock’s two main hospitals had COVID-19, and a dozen infected people were waiting in the emergency room Tuesday night for beds to become available. said Dr. Ron Cook, Lubbock County Health Director.
“We are in trouble,” Cook said.
In the border city of El Paso, morgues that have been overwhelmed have started paying inmates $ 2 an hour to help move the bodies of virus victims. The flow of patients is forcing the city to send its non-COVID-19 cases to hospitals in other parts of the state.
More than 5,400 additional medical staff have been dispatched to different parts of Texas, said Lara Anton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health Services. And that does not include the help that the military and voluntary organizations have provided to the state.
“There are only a limited number of medical personnel to hand out. And I think what we’re seeing in places like El Paso is not sustainable in all or much of the state,” said Dr. Mark McClellan, former director of the Food and Drug Administration. Medicines.
The only health care system in the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee and Virginia has warned that both he and his workers are so overwhelmed that it is only a matter of time before their hospitals have to turn away patients.
The health system reported having only 16 beds available in the intensive care unit and about 250 members of the team in isolation or quarantine. He’s trying to recruit hundreds more nurses.
In Idaho, doctors warned that hospitals have almost reached the point where they will need to ration attention, unable to serve everyone because there are not enough beds or staff to work.