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COVID-19 AMA: Potential For Los Angeles Lockdown, Scheduled Surgeries And More




Seattle dentist Kathleen Saturay has increased the layers of PPE she wears when treating patients, among other precautions.
Seattle dentist Kathleen Saturay has increased the layers of PPE she wears when treating patients, among other precautions.
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Coronavirus is roaring back into L.A. with a vengeance, and the situation is getting serious (again). Speaking to KPCC reporter Elly Yu, an emergency room doctor who works in downtown L.A. said that hospitals are bracing for a surge (... again).

“Patients being held in the emergency room waiting to go upstairs to a bed” is now an everyday occurrence, said the doctor, who did not want to be identified. “We are about to enter a very, very difficult several weeks.”

This news comes as more than 2,000 Angelenos are currently hospitalized with the virus – an all-time high, up from 1,400 four weeks ago. In California, 11,694 new cases were reported on Tuesday.

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Kimberly Shriner, M.D., infectious disease specialist at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena