St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Patients wait in ERs for days as COVID-19 patients overwhelm St. Louis-area hospitals

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Patients wait in ERs for days as COVID-19 patients overwhelm St. Louis-area hospitals. “People unsure of their illness leaving before they are seen by doctors. Sick patients waiting for hours, sometimes days, in an emergency room because there is nowhere for them to be admitted. Others dying in small-town hospitals unable to access the services they need in urban centers like St. Louis. Those are some of the scenarios Dr. Aamina Akhtar, chief medical officer for Mercy Hospital South, said are playing out in emergency departments across the region as the hyper-infectious omicron variant pushes COVID-19 hospitalizations to record levels and sickens health care staff.”

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