Washington state officials took control of a recently bankrupt rural hospital to create additional capacity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as dwindling numbers of rural health care providers brace to face the crisis.
After lobbying from Washington state officials, the Trump administration decided on Monday to issue an unprecedentedly broad order allowing hospital emergency rooms nationwide to divert patients away from their wards.
Cut off from friends and family, faced with the monotony of the interior of your home, mingled only with the prospect of losing your job in a looming economic crisis as a pandemic threatens you and those you love.
Picture this: people are being asked to return to work. The novel coronavirus has stopped spreading — social distancing has worked. But there’s still no vaccine. The virus is still out there in the world.
Hospital emergency rooms are preparing for the possibility that the COVID-19 epidemic will get so bad that they may need to turn people away, forcing emergency doctors to make wrenching triage decisions about who can be treated and who cannot.
Washington state asked the Trump administration on Sunday for deep changes to its Medicaid program to address the coronavirus epidemic, describing in stark terms the scale of the threat it faces from the spread of the disease.