Rural California hospital overwhelmed by Covid

Apple Valley (United States) (AFP) – As Covid-19 tears through southern California, small hospitals in rural towns like Apple Valley have been overwhelmed, with coronavirus patients crammed into hallways, makeshift ICU beds and even the pediatric ward. When AFP visited St Mary hospital in this desert town of 70,000 people this week, palliative care supervisor Kari McGuire said her team were seeing “astronomical numbers of patients who are dying” from the novel coronavirus. “It’s most definitely the darkest period of my entire career. Most definitely,” she said, fighting back tears as she recal…

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