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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria. In Georgia, medical centers are turning people away for lack of space. And in Louisiana, the sick are left waiting and waiting some more in the emergency room before being airlifted elsewhere. “We are seeing a surge like we’ve not seen before in terms of the patients coming,” Dr. Marc Napp, chief medical officer for Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida, said Wednesday. “It’s the sheer number coming in at the same time. There are only so many beds, so many doctors, only so many nurses.” Coronavirus hospitalizations are surging again as the more contagious delta variant rages across the country, forcing medical centers to return to a crisis footing just weeks after many closed their COVID-19 wards and field hospitals and dropped other emergency measures. The number of people now in the hospital in the U.S. with the virus has more than tripled over the past month, from an average of roughly 12,000...
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida hospital chain is suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and even a cafeteria as many more patients seek treatment for COVID-19. “We are seeing a surge like we’ve not seen before in terms of the patients coming,” Memorial Healthcare System’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marc Napp said Wednesday during a news conference in Hollywood. Napp said they’ve opened up an additional 250 beds at Memorial’s six hospitals in Broward County. Unlike during last year’s spring and summer COVID surges when many sick people tried to avoid hospitals for fear of catching the virus, patients suffering from other ailments are also seeking treatment now, Napp explained. On Wednesday, there were more than 1,600 inpatients admitted for overnight stays across the system’s facilities. Typically, the health system doesn’t have more than about 1,400 inpatients under its care at a time. “This is the highest number of patients Memorial has ever seen,” he said. “It’s the sheer number coming in at the same time. There are only so many beds,...
    Hospital systems across the state of Oklahoma are on the brink of collapse as the Delta variant of COVID-19 has caused an influx of severe cases that require hospitalization. According to the Birmingham Star, Oklahoma hospitals are facing a rapid surge in COVID cases with an alarming number of those cases being children. Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates Oklahoma "reported 8,746 deaths from COVID on Monday and reported 11,109 new confirmed and probable infections with over 2,000 of the cases among children." The latest alarming statistics are trending in the same direction as other states facing case surges like Louisiana, Texas and Florida. One local ER director in Oklahoma has revealed several intensive care units (ICUs) in metropolitan areas are "maxed out or close to capacity" due to the sharp uptick in COVID cases. INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center Emergency Room (ER) physician, Dr Jason Benn weighed in on the health crisis plaguing the hospital he works at. "It caught me off guard," said Dr. Benn. "Because we had gotten to a...
    SAN DIEGO -- A boat with 24 people on board capsized in San Diego, and "many patients" were sent to local hospitals, according to the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue.Lifeguards, firefighters and other emergency workers responded to the "multi medical casualty" incident at Cabrillo National Monument in the Point Loma area, SDFD's Twitter account tweeted at 11:45 a.m. local time. @SDLifeguards and SDFD firefighters at Cabrillo Monument on the overturned vessel incident. 24 persons were on board. Many patients transported to hospitals. @USCG Fed Fire & many other agencies assisting. pic.twitter.com/jGbfnaRbJh— SDFD (@SDFD) May 2, 2021No word on what caused the boat to overturn nor the severity of injuries.This is a breaking news report. Check back here for new developments.
    COVID deaths have sky rocketed in the Czech Republic as the country struggles to contain its latest wave of the deadly virus with infection rates the highest in the EU. Authorities have begun sending patients abroad for treatment in Poland as hospitals battled to cope with the outbreak. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 2Covid rates in the Czech Republic are rocketing as the country puts pressure on its health minister to speed up vaccinationsCredit: AFP or licensors 2Fewer than 1m people have so far been vaccinated in the Czech RepublicCredit: Reuters The number of seriously sick Covid patients reached a new high in the Czech Republic, with 8,618 patients in hospital and 1,853 in intensive care. The nation of 10.7 million has had more than 1.3 million confirmed cases with 22,280 deaths. It currently has the highest infection rate in the EU, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Health Minister Jan Blatny has predicted that this week will be “the most critical” for the struggling hospitals. The seven-day rolling average of...
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Andrei, a 32-year-old Romanian man who has been HIV positive since he was a baby, began missing his regular medical check-ups when the coronavirus pandemic hit a year ago. “That was the first thing that led me to a general state of frustration and fear,” said Andrei. “After that, I got used to the idea of taking the antiretroviral treatment blindly without knowing if the parameters are OK or if the therapy works.” A year ago this week, Romania reported its first case of COVID-19, prompting the country’s strapped medical system to turn its focus to treating COVID-19 patients. As a result, many patients with other conditions — including cancer — have either been denied critical care or have stopped going to their regular appointments, fearful of becoming infected. “Many of my close associates lost their battle against their diseases due to the loss of access to treatment, hospitals and specialists,” Andrei, who didn’t want his full name used due to the stigma surrounding his condition, told The Associated Press. Romania’s government is acknowledging the problem...
    Can California address the shortage of life-saving oxygen at some hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus cases? The demand for oxygen has skyrocketed, as critically ill COVID-19 patients often need high rates of oxygen flowing into their lungs to keep them alive, helping them to overcome a perilous moment when their lungs are inflamed and their oxygen levels in the body become dangerously low. Problems on Dec. 27 with hospital oxygen systems caused five hospitals in L.A. County to declare an “internal disaster,” which allows a facility to close its emergency room to all incoming ambulance traffic. That’s a rare situation; traditionally, when emergency rooms are full, only certain types of ambulance traffic are diverted elsewhere. Fully repairing the crippled oxygen distribution systems at aging hospitals throughout Southern California may end up being a complicated endeavor. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week was wrapping up assessing 11 aging Southern California hospitals in urgent need of evaluation, largely focused on oxygen distribution systems that have had significant problems and are essential for critically ill COVID-19 patients gasping for air as...
    Airports are seeing steady increases in travelers determined to spend Christmas with family and friends. Coronavirus testing centers are seeing brisk business, including from some people who want to know whether they have the virus before attending holiday events. And last-minute shoppers are still out looking for that perfect gift. To the alarm of California health officials, Christmas is looking an awful lot like Thanksgiving, when where social gatherings put an already unprecedented surge of the coronavirus into overdrive. The Thanksgiving “super-spreader” events helped fill hospitals with COVID-19 patients, forcing more restrictions on businesses and pushing the healthcare network to the brink. But even the most dire public health warnings seemed to have failed to sink in. And in some cases, they are no match for the basic human need to spend time with loved ones, maintain family traditions and turn to others for support during challenging times. Officials have already said that hospitals will likely have to make difficult decisions in the coming weeks about which patients will get the critical care that could mean the difference between...
    Tens of thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations have already been administered in New York, with hundreds of thousands of more doses on the way as the state continues to lead the fight against the virus. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his latest COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Dec. 21 that more than 38,000 COVID-19 have been administered already statewide - largely to healthcare workers - the highest number of any state in the nation. With those allocations of the vaccination distributed, Cuomo said that reinforcements are on the way, with the first 346,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine coming to New York on Monday, and another 120,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine expected later this week. According to Cuomo, the vaccines have been distributed throughout each of the state’s 10 regions based on population and the number of hospitals there. As of Dec. 21 vaccinations have been distributed to: New York City: 267,250; Long Island: 86,150; Hudson Valley: 68,400; Western New York: 45,650; Finger Lakes: 42,200; Capital Region: 37,250; Central New York: 25,850; Southern Tier: 20,700; Mohawk Valley:...
    Here are today’s top stories:Personal Finance Dr. Fauci: ‘For the first time in more than 30 years, I’m not spending the Christmas holidays with my daughters’ Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned of a ‘dark time’ in mid-January after Christmas and Hanukkah.America’s 1% will be pulling out all the stops to get their hands on COVID-19 vaccine 'We, as members of the private sector, will be able to move quicker than the public sector.' What side effects, if any, can you expect from a COVID-19 vaccine shot? Doctors have advised the CDC to be transparent and forthcoming about any side effects.As some hospitals near 90% capacity due to COVID-19, this map can tell you if your local hospital is almost full A new tool can help people assess the hospital-bed situation in their area. Americans prepare to travel again for Christmas, while hospitals brace for post-Thanksgiving surge The U.S. set a record for COVID-19-related hospitalizations this month with more than 109,000 patients, and the number of people with the virus in intensive-care...
    Caracas (CNN)A young woman sits by a hospital bed as she gently strokes the hair of a withered figure. At first glimpse, it looks like it could be a child, but the grey hair finally gives a man away. Lying, face down, is her 69-year-old father. His thin, frail, shivering body is nearly disappearing beneath a thick set of blankets. "He's very cold," she says, without stopping stroking his hair, barely turning to face us. "They gave a treatment and he said it was very cold," she added, referencing the IV drip he had just been given. Her father suffers from malnourishment, a plight that has become common among Venezuelans. He needs iron supplements, but Vargas Hospital in Caracas, where he is being treated, simply doesn't have any. His daughter will have to get hold of the medicine herself or doctors say his hemoglobulin levels will remain low. Read More His immune system is compromised, yet medical staff tell us he shares this ward with patients with diseases so contagious that, in most countries, they would be isolated from...
    Reuters December 7, 2020 0 Comments Much of California on Monday faced a raft of new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, while a ban on indoor restaurant dining loomed in New York City as the United States braced for another surge during the upcoming holidays. The order issued on Thursday by California Governor Gavin Newsom, which does not immediately cover the entire state, kicked in at the regional level in places where fewer than 15% of intensive-care hospital beds remain available. It is currently in effect throughout Southern California and the state’s San Joaquin Valley breadbasket. Jurisdictions in the state’s heavily populated San Francisco Bay Area have imposed similar orders on their own. Combined, these three areas cover about three-quarters of the state’s nearly 40 million people. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, said on Monday that the state’s action will “rescue them from possibly getting their hospitals overrun.” In reporting more than 30,000 new cases on Sunday, the state exceeded its previous high of 21,986 set on Friday, and notched a...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Overwhelmed hospitals are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, even a parking garage into patient treatment areas. Staff members are desperately calling around to other medical centers in search of open beds. Fatigue and frustration are setting in among front-line workers.Conditions inside the nation's hospitals are deteriorating by the day as the coronavirus rages across the U.S. at an unrelenting pace and the confirmed death toll surpasses 250,000.The number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 in the U.S. has doubled in the past month and set new records every day this week. As of Tuesday, nearly 77,000 were hospitalized with the virus.Newly confirmed infections per day in the U.S. have exploded more than 80% over the past two weeks to the highest levels on record, with the daily count running at close to 160,000 on average. Cases are on the rise in all 50 states. Deaths are averaging more than 1,155 per day, the highest in months.In the Texas border city of El Paso, overwhelmed morgues have begun paying jail inmates $2 an hour to...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The United States has set another record in this pandemic, with more than 151,000 new cases in a single day.California has now seen more than 1 million cases since the pandemic began, and hospitals are so stretched to their limits that one Michigan nurse says she was forced to treat a COVID patient in a storage room.Meantime, the FDA has given emergency authorization to a new antibody treatment from drugmaker Eli Lilly.Doctors are optimistic the treatment can prevent severe cases of COVID and take some stress off hospitals.What to know about coronavirus:How coronavirus changed the New York regionDo you have coronavirus symptoms?NYC COVID-19 positivity rate trackerHere are more of today's headlines:CityMD closing earlier due to long COVID testing lines, staff staying lateCityMD announced Friday that beginning Monday, all locations will be closing 90 minutes earlier due to long lines for coronavirus testing that have kept doctors and nurses at work far later than scheduled. CityMD will still attempt to see all those in line by closing time, but no new patients would be added after the...
    The situation in Wisconsin hospitals is dire, healthcare providers say, and will likely get worse before it gets better. As hospitals struggle to keep up with thousands of new coronavirus diagnoses each day, some executives fear a worst-case scenario in which care must be rationed. “All the hospitals locally are at capacity, and the numbers just keep jumping every single day,” said Jen Drayton, the chief nursing officer at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Wisconsin. Coronavirus hospitalizations have reached levels not previously seen in the pandemic. Hospitals in the Midwest, a region of the United States that was spared early on, are straining to keep up with the rapid rate at which patients are newly diagnosed. According to Wisconsin state health authorities, about 89% of all staffed hospital beds and 90% of ICU beds are occupied. The Mayo Clinic Health System, one of the world’s leading hospital systems, reported that 100% of its hospital beds are full in northwestern Wisconsin, with 50% of intensive care units being occupied by patients diagnosed with COVID-19. ...
    Hospitals and health departments in many states are once again facing a looming shortage of protective gear - especially N95 masks - amid surging case rates across the nation.  In an unwelcome bout of deja vu, parts of Michigan, New Mexico, Montana and Wyoming are all running low on N95s, according to the Wall Street Journal.  And states that were hit hardest in the first wave of the pandemic in the US, including New Jersey, New York and California, are telling hospitals to stockpile protective gear and brace for another deluge of coronavirus cases.  Even manufacturers report that they're struggling to keep up with demand, despite ramping up production.  Reports of shrinking supplies of masks come as the US reports a record-high increase of more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day.  Many of the same states that are seeing record coronavirus hospitalization rates are reporting their hospitals only have enough N95 masks to last a matter of weeks or days (file) In New Mexico, nearly all (95 percent) hospitals are already reusing their N95 masks to...
    CORONAVIRUS patients who are "desperately sick" with the bug are filling up hospitals with many treating more than at the peak in April, an expert has warned. The chief executive of the NHS has warned that there are currently 11,000 coronvirus patients in hospitals in England - equating to 22 hospitals' worth of Covid patients. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2Sir Simon Stevens today warned that sick Covid patients are filling up NHS hospitalsCredit: Alamy Live News Sir Simon Stevens said that there had been a "very substantial" increase in Covid-19 admissions in October. The NHS chief said the service will soon be able to "press go" on routine testing for all asymptomatic NHS staff. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today Programme he said that at the beginning of September there had been just under 500 Covid patients in hospitals. Referring to slides shown to the general public by scientific advisers of Saturday evening, he said the "facts speak for themselves". "We began early September with under 500 coronavirus patients in hospitals,...
    BOSTON (AP) — A look at coronavirus news from around New England: ___ NEW HAMPSHIRE New Hampshire's hospitals are hurting financially and bracing for cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state's hospitals collectively lost $575 million in revenue between March and July, said Kathy Bizarro-Thunberg, executive vice president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. The group estimates hospitals will lose $700 million by the end of the year, The Concord Monitor reported. Hospitals were forced to pause lucrative nonessential surgeries and services due to the virus crisis. Alex Walker, chief operating officer at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, said the hospital laid off more than 70 employees last week, reduced hours for dozens of positions and froze hiring for all nonessential workers. The hospital expects to lose $40 million by the end of next month. “COVID has had a devastating effect on our finances,” Walker said. “It’s had an impact on hospitals in New Hampshire but for us in particular, we’ve been at ground zero.” ___ MASSACHUSETTS Officials in a Boston suburb hard hit by the coronavirus are stepping...
    In the midst of the crisis that Florida is experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic, with hospitals on the verge of reaching their maximum capacity and medical and health personnel requirements, the question arises as to how many beds are available in the main southern counties. from Florida, affected by COVID-19. In the absence of information in Florida Department of Health reports, the state Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) publishes daily hospitalizations and beds available in Florida counties with data from health centers . They seek to alleviate the number of people who receive amid the coronavirus pandemic According to the AHCA report, this Sunday they were hospitalized with an initial diagnosis of COVID-19, 9,351 people across the state. For this date, in Miami-Dade there are 1,848 hospital beds available, representing 21.08% of the total capacity (8,767). That means that there are 6,919 beds occupied. As for the Intensive Care Units (ICU) of the Miami-Dade health system, there is 23.29% availability with a total of 843 beds occupied from a total of 1,099 available. In...
    EDINBURG — At midnight in South Texas, nearly every bed is full in a low-slung building housing some of the sickest COVID-19 patients near the U.S.-Mexico border. Many patients in this unit, a hospice center at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance remade into a coronavirus ward, are sedated, intubated and attached by a tangle of cords to the whirring and beeping machines keeping them alive. Some are in individual rooms; dozens more are lined up in vacated bay divided into a grid by curtains to separate beds. “How many more are coming?” a nurse asks around 11 p.m. No one can be sure. Some of these patients will go home and complete their recoveries. Others will leave to be buried. The Rio Grande Valley has seen a surge in coronavirus cases, and the patients arrive daily. At least 10 were brought here from the emergency room Wednesday. More than a dozen the day before that. Some nurses tend to three patients each, instead of the usual two, and pick up extra hours. A lead nurse who clocked in at 6:45 a.m....
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