‘There Are Only So Many Beds': COVID-19 Surge Hits Hospitals
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Coronavirus hospitalizations are once again surging as the virus’ more potent delta variant cuts across the country.
The swift rise is forcing hospitals to pivot back to COVID-19 readiness just weeks after many shuttered coronavirus wards, field hospitals and other emergency pandemic measures.
A 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.
In Georgia, hospitals are turning away patients because they’re running out of bedspace.
And in Louisiana, coronavirus patients are lingering in the emergency room before being airlifted elsewhere.