New coronary pneumonia confirmed cases in U.S. rural areas surge, hospital beds are in emergency
As the new coronary pneumonia epidemic spreads in the United States, the number of hospitalizations is also increasing. According to the CBS report, the number of hospitalizations of new coronary pneumonia cases in the United States has more than doubled in the past month. Among them, cases in rural areas have increased sharply, and rural hospitals have reached their limit.
Minidoka Memorial Hospital is a small hospital in Rupert, Idaho in the United States. This hospital has a total of 17 beds, no intensive care unit, and a limited number of medical staff. However, as the new crown pneumonia epidemic spread in the local area and the number of cases surged, this hospital had to prepare special beds for people infected with new crown pneumonia. Medical staff said that this has made it difficult for them to cope.
Minidoka Memorial Hospital nurse:It’s exhausting, we are very tired here.
According to the CBS report, statistics show that in the early stages of the outbreak in the United States, the infection rate of new coronary pneumonia in large cities was relatively high, and in recent months, the infection rate of new coronary pneumonia in rural areas exceeded that in cities. In Idaho, a quarter of new coronavirus tested positive. But today, many local people still refuse to wear masks.
Idaho residents:You have to wear a mask to prevent the new crown. This is wrong.
For these people who insist on denying prevention and control measures, the medical staff expressed their helplessness.
Minidoka Memorial Hospital nurse:We know that maybe one day, we will see them (people who don’t wear masks) in the hospital, and the hospital’s beds will soon be full.
Small hospitals are full of beds, and the surge in patients can only be transferred to large hospitals. But the largest hospital in Idaho has stated that their beds will be fully occupied within two weeks. The emergency situation of hospital beds is not limited to Idaho. Kansas A hospital in Topeka, due to the large number of people infected with COVID-19, many patients have to wait in the corridors for beds. More than 900 medical staff at the Mayo Clinic have been infected with COVID-19 in the past two weeks. A hospital in Reno, Nevada, had to add more beds in the garage to house the surge of new coronary pneumonia patients.
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