Dealing with one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in the U.S., Los Angeles County’s Medical Services Agency (EMS) has instructed ambulance crews not to transport patients who have little chance of survival to overwhelmed hospitals.
These measures have been instituted in response to an increasingly dire Covid-19 crisis in Los Angeles County. As of Sunday, there were nearly 7,900 virus positive patients hospitalized across the county, 1,627 of which were in intensive care units. Hospital space is running out, with just 17 available adult ICU beds remaining as of Monday, according to county health data, and some patients having to wait inside ambulances for up to eight hours before a bed becomes available for them. County officials are planning to create “ambulance-relieving spaces,” set up outside emergency rooms, to help with the influx of patients.