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OC hospitals in crisis mode as coronavirus surge fills ERs, ICUs

KCBS, Dec. 21, 2020 (Video)

December 21, 2020

OC hospitals in crisis mode as coronavirus surge fills ERs, ICUs

The University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange Monday was working to construct a field hospital to deal with the surge in coronavirus patients which has overwhelmed the hospital. “When it’s completed it will accommodate up to 50 patients at a time,” Brian O’Dea, with UCI Health, said. … “The main purpose is to decompress some of the volume in the emergency department and the inpatient units.” … The field hospital is equipped with running water, air purifiers and lighting, but does not have ICU capabilities, the UCI spokesperson emphasized.