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California hospitals overrun even as vaccine is rolled out By Reuters

California hospitals overrun even as vaccine is rolled out By Reuters
California hospitals overrun even as vaccine is rolled out

Vice President Mike Pence rolled up their sleeves for COVID-19 vaccinations, patients already ill with the disease crowded emergency rooms and overran intensive care units in California, now a worldwide epicenter.In a state with 40 million residents, only about 1,200 intensive care beds remained available by Friday - just 2.Intensive care units were completely full in densely populated Southern California, which includes Los Angeles, as well as in agricultural hub San Joaquin Valley, the state said.Nearly all of the state is under emergency stay-at-home orders, after the San Francisco Bay Area ran low on intensive care beds on Friday and was added to a shutdown list that already included Southern California, the San Joaquin Valley and the Sacramento region.

"We anticipated a surge, but I'm not sure if anyone imagined it would be as bad as it has been," said Adam Blackstone (NYSE: BX ), a spokesman for the Hospital Association of Southern California.New cases are still rising in more than a dozen U.

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