COVID-19

One LA Hospital Stretched to Its Limits Sees Possibility of Rationing Care if COVID-19 Surge Continues

COVID-19 cases are soaring across the country, and no area is currently harder hit than Los Angeles County in California. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in LA, a public hospital with 131 beds, has stretched its capacity to now treat over 200 patients. Dr. Elaine Batchlor, the hospital’s CEO, explains how her staff is stretching its capacity limits and how a continued surge in cases could force them to a “crisis care” strategy of rationing its resources.