Coronavirus Crisis Grows As Hospitals Brace For Post-Holiday Surge | JPNN.us

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WONT BE ABLE TO COPE, AND THAT COULD IMPACT US ALL. THIS MORNING AFTER WEEKS OF HOLIDAY TRAVEL, MASS GATHERINGS AND ANTI-MASK PROTESTS, DOCTORS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARE SOUNDING THE ALARM. >> WE HAVENT 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. >> Reporter: HERE MORGUES ARE OVERFLOWING. THE CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD NOW CALLED IN TO HELP TRANSPORT BODIES.

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IN L.A., HOSPITALS ARE SO PACKED, AMBULANCES SOMETIMES MUST WAIT UP TO EIGHT HOURS TO OFFLOAD PATIENTS AND HAVE BEEN TOLD NOT TO TRANSPORT PATIENTS WITH VIRTUALLY NO CHANCE OF SURVIVAL. >> IF YOU THINK THAT COVID-19 IS NOT GOING TO AFFECT YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES, YOURE ABSOLUTELY WRONG. WE CONTINUE TO SEE PATIENTS FOLLOWING CAR CRASHES, FALLS. PATIENTS STILL COME IN WITH HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES. WERE SIMPLY RUNNING OUT OF THE RESOURCES, STAFF AND PERSONNEL TO CARE FOR THESE OTHER MEDICAL EMERGENCIES.

>> Reporter: THE CRISIS IN CARE SPREADING FROM COAST TO COAST. IN ARKANSAS, OVERWHELMED HOSPITALS ARE BEING FORCED TO DIVERT AMBULANCES TO OTHER STATES. >> THAT TRANSPORT WILL TAKE IN EXCESS OF SIX AND A HALF HOURS TO COMPLETE. >> AND THATS BECAUSE THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE FOR THIS PATIENT TO GO? >> RIGHT. >> Reporter: IN NEW YORK, HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE UP 96% IN THE LAST MONTH. ITS NOW THE FOURTH STATE TO CONFIRM A CASE OF THE MORE CONTAGIOUS UK VIRUS STRAIN.

 

THE PATIENT, A 60-YEAR-OLD MAN, IS AFFILIATED WITH THIS JEWELRY STORE IN SARATOGA SPRINGS. OFFICIALS BELIEVE HE GOT THE VIRUS THROUGH COMMUNITY SPREAD. IN WASHINGTON STATE, A COVID OUTBREAK AT THIS VANCOUVER HOSPITAL IS SUSPECTED OF INFECTING 30 PATIENTS AND STAFF. AND IN FLORIDA, A WARNING STRAIGHT FROM THE ICU. STRAIGHT FROM THE ICU. >> I DIDNT WEAR A MASK. I SHOULD HAVE.

 

>> Reporter: CHUCK STACY WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID ON NEW YEARS DAY. HE NOW NEEDS A MACHINE TO HELP HIM BREATHE. >> I BELIEVED THAT IT WAS ALL GOING TO GO AWAY, THAT IT WAS POLITICAL. YOU DONT WANT TO END UP LIKE ME. >> Reporter: YOU MAY REMEMBER THE STARK SIGN OF THE USNS MERCY ARRIVING HERE IN LOS ANGELES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC. COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE PETITIONED FOR THE NAVY TO SEND THE SHIPS MEDICAL STAFF BACK. DOCTORS HERE SAY THEY.

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