Santa Fe Springs, California. (Reuters) – For the Southern California ambulance crew, the shift never ends and calls to pick up Coved-19 patients seem endless.
“In 30 years, I’ve never seen a call volume like this,” the 56-year-old Allens Dispatch Center Supervisor, an ambulance dispatch center for Super Care Service, became one of the largest ambulance companies in the Los Angeles area Is the American Coronavirus epidemic.
California hospitals are so full of COVID-19 patients that state officials have given necessary orders to hospitals to delay non-fatal surgery, preserve space to remove severe cancer, and perform heart operations.
Outside of many Southern California hospitals, ambulances filled with COVID-19 patients wait for hours until space in the intensive care unit (ICU) or emergency room (ER) is available.
In addition to affecting patients, the backlog has taken its toll on ambulance crews who answer calls for the sick.
“Calls don’t stop just because the crew are in the ER,” Sigmar said.
Jennifer Muller, 30, works as a Care Emergency Medical Technician in a 24-hour shift, she says, adding that the epidemic has made a huge impact physically and emotionally on people in her profession.
“Everybody got tired. Everyone is tired. We run the call; We want to help people. But there is only so much we can do, ”Mueller told Reuters during an empty moment.
Patients are left to soak in bitter cold. All about Muller said she could offer a blanket.
“They are in pain,” she said. “It’s just, it’s heartbreaking.”
California, the most populous with about 40 million people, has been responsible for the US growth since November.
State officials on Tuesday reported 33,751 newly recorded confirmed cases, pushing a total of 2.8 million since the epidemic began a year ago.
In Los Angeles County, with a population of about 10 million, COVID-19 kills someone every eight minutes, health officials say.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, every minute, 10 people test positive in LA County, and more than 1 percent test positive.
Jaime Hopper, a 29-year-old dispatcher, has witnessed the tragedy for the first time.
“The other day I felt that nine calls were sitting at a time. Therefore, it is nine people who are in trouble, ”said Hooper. “So, it’s a little bit, it’s unnecessary, but you kind of just do what you can.”
Reporting by Norma Gallenia and Alan Deval; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Aurora Ellis