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Thanksgiving surge begins. OC hospitals told to add space, cancel surgeries

KNBC, Dec. 10, 2020

December 10, 2020

Thanksgiving surge begins. OC hospitals told to add space, cancel surgeries

With COVID-19 hospitalizations at a high, Orange County hospitals were being directed Thursday to implement surge plans and cancel elective surgeries in response to a “crisis” situation that could cause the emergency medical system to “collapse.” … “This is basically a Hail Mary pass,” said Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine associate professor of population health and disease prevention, of the county’s directive to hospitals. “It illustrates the gravity of the situation,” Noymer said.