‘Aren’t you going to help him?’ L.A. hospitals serving the poor and people of color hit hardest by COVID-19

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Michelle Goldson, a registered nurse in the intensive-care unit at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. The hospital has been forced to treat some patients in its gift shop.(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

As the pandemic besieges the region’s hospitals, its destructive sweep is being dispensed in unequal measures.

While all hospitals across Los Angeles County are being slammed by waves of COVID-19 patients, those in lower-income, densely populated and nonwhite communities have been hit hardest and face the greatest challenge in providing care, according to a Times data analysis.

Hospitals in South Los Angeles, the cities in Southeast L.A. County along the 710 Freeway and in parts of the southern San Gabriel Valley are experiencing the greatest capacity problems, the data showed. Many of these facilities are relatively small and are less able to add intensive care staff or expand bed capacity than the county’s biggest hospitals.

The data underscores how communities of color have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic, with Latino and Black residents far more likely to get the virus and die of it compared with whites. Low-income essential workers often get sick while on the job and then spread COVID-19 to family, officials have said.



The data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that more than 6,000 patients with the coronavirus were hospitalized in L.A. County on average last week, nearly four times as many as a month ago, pushing the share of all admitted patients with the disease above 40%.

The data underscores how communities of color have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic, with Latino and Black residents far more likely to get the virus and die of it compared with whites. Low-income essential workers often get sick while on the job and then spread COVID-19 to family, officials have said.

The data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that more than 6,000 patients with the coronavirus were hospitalized in L.A. County on average last week, nearly four times as many as a month ago, pushing the share of all admitted patients with the disease above 40%.  read more..

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-12-30/amid-covid-19-surge-some-l-a-hospital-strained-more-than-others

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  1. Question to Carol as a specialist: Carol, have you watched the video of one nurse in New York hospital who talks for an hour about the horrors that are happening there? I do not remember her name, but before that she served in the army. Why am I interested – this video has become viral and is being played even in the Russian segment of the Internet. If necessary, I’ll throw off the link. Your opinion is interesting.

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