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.