California health system on the verge of collapse: 8-hour waiting to hospitalization and overcrowded funeral homes
Introduced by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Safer At Home Order proved to be as ineffective as possible. According to various sources, ambulance workers wait eight hours to transfer critically ill patients to the hospital, while funeral homes are refusing to accept new bodies due to the huge number of corpses already awaiting burial.
The Christmas break has resulted in over 15,000 new cases of Covid-19.
"With no decline in the number of new cases, our hospitals continue to be overwhelmed,'' Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said, according to NBC News. "As more and more people are rushed to hospitals, the tragic fact is that hundreds more people will die every week from COVID-19. These trends unfortunately will continue into January, and if we do nothing, definitely beyond.''
According to the Associated Press, mortuaries are being inundated as the United States nears a grim tally of 350,000 COVID-19 deaths. More than 20 million people in the country have been infected.
More than 2,500 deaths from Covid-19 have been reported in the past week.
“I’ve been in the funeral industry for 40 years and never in my life did I think that this could happen, that I’d have to tell a family, ‘No, we can’t take your family member,’” said Magda Maldonado, owner of Continental Funeral Home in Los Angeles.
Continental is averaging about 30 body removals a day — six times its normal rate.
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