Overwhelmed California hospitals contemplate rationing care
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California hospitals are battling to find beds to house patients amid fears that the exploding coronavirus infection rate will exhaust resources and health care workers.
As of Saturday, nearly 17,400 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections — more than double the previous peak reached in July. More than 3,600 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units.
California’s deaths have been spiraling ever higher. Another 272 fatalities were reported Saturday and in the last week nearly 1,600 people have died.
On Saturday night, Apple announced that it is temporarily closing all 53 of its stores in California because of the outbreak.