O.C. hospitals filling up, ambulances delayed amid latest COVID surge

California’s Omicron variant is continuing to spread, and hospitals are feeling the effects. Echoing the sentiment of ambulances, Ambulances are taking longer to load patients into Orange County emergency rooms. Los Angeles County faces a similar problem as coronavirus infections increase.

At least nine Orange County hospitals have established surge tents in order to increase their capacity.

Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, a deputy health officer with Orange County, urged the public not to come to emergency rooms unless it’s an emergency, and said it’s inappropriate for people to go there just to get a coronavirus test.

“Our hospitals are getting full,” Chinsio-Kwong said. “Our ERs are getting full. So if you are looking for a test, if you have mild symptoms, please consider first a virtual appointment with your healthcare provider to not overwhelm the ERs even more because we really want ERs and urgent cares to really just take care of the urgent situations.”

You can read the entire story here LATimes.com.


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