• Matt Esnayra

Downey hospital diverting ambulances due to being overwhelmed with COVID/flu patients

Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center is diverting ambulances away from its emergency room due to being overwhelmed by patients infected with COVID-19 and flu.

  • A Kaiser spokeswoman told the LA Times that Downey Medical Center has been "on and off diversion."

  • Due to personnel shortages, the hospital hired traveling nurses, altering elective and non-urgent operations and treatments, and utilizing telemedicine services.

  • Healthcare workers are falling ill more than previous surges because omicron can cause breakthrough cases.

Where things stand:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported another record-breaking day with 43,700 plus new COVID cases and 26 recent covid related deaths. The surge has also led to a rush for testing.

  • Governor Gavin Newsom stated on Friday that at least 200 National Guard troops would be deployed around the state to assist with COVID testing, per the Times.

  • The Orange County Health Care Agency reported a third pediatric death due to COVID-19 complications since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, per ABC 7.

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