- California has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of its hospitals are being overwhelmed with critically ill patients. But the Los Angeles-area hospitals that are the most overwhelmed, according to the Los Angeles Times, are the ones serving primarily people of color and low-income patients.
- The situation is especially dire at Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, where, according to the Times reporters, “more than 80% of the patients have or are suspected to have been infected with the virus.”
- “Patients were ‘piled in administrative hallways, stuffed in the corners, hanging over chairs,’ said one healthcare worker, who asked for anonymity out of fear of retribution. When the emergency room ran out of crevices, staffers began treating people right in the waiting room,” the LA Times journalists explain.
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