Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California is set to begin using tents to care for emergency room patients who do not have life-threatening conditions amid a rise in hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
But Huntington Hospital isn’t alone, as record numbers of coronavirus cases mount, hospitals and medical facilities across the nation are running out of room to treat patients.
California is desperate for health care workers to help meet the demand – particularly critical care nurses.
"We’re now in a situation where we have surges all across the country, so nobody has many nurses to spare," Dr. Janet Coffman, a professor of public policy at the University of California, San Francisco told Fox5 Atlanta.
One nurse, Sara Houze, a cardiac care nurse from Washington D.C. began working a six-week assignment in San Bernardino. Houze is likely to work a 14-hour shift as “surge” beds are being used because hospital space has run out.
I expect patients to die. That’s been my experience: They die, I put them in body bags, the room gets cleaned and then another patient comes,” Houze tells Associated Press.