LIVE UPDATES: California hospitals contemplate rationing care amid coronavirus surge

More than 3,600 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units n the state as of Satuday

California hospitals are battling to find beds to house patients amid fears that the exploding coronavirus infection rate will exhaust resources and health care workers.

Fast Facts

    • Nearly 17,400 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections in the state Saturday 
    • Some hospitals have canceled non-essential elective surgeries, such as hip replacements, that might require beds which may soon be needed for COVID-19 patients. Others are increasing staff hours or moving patients to free up space.

    Some hospitals have canceled non-essential elective surgeries, such as hip replacements, that might require beds which may soon be needed for COVID-19 patients. Others are increasing staff hours or moving patients to free up space.

As of Saturday, nearly 17,400 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections — more than double the previous peak reached in July — and a state model that uses current data to forecast future trends shows the number could reach an unfathomable 75,000 by mid-January.

More than 3,600 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients were in intensive care units.

Some areas of California were "just right at that cusp of getting overrun," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, said during an event organized by the California State University system.

Some hospitals have canceled non-essential elective surgeries, such as hip replacements, that might require beds which may soon be needed for COVID-19 patients. Others are increasing staff hours or moving patients to free up space.

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