People trying to find COVID tests are 'clogging up' Bay Area emergency rooms, doctors say

1/14/2022 1:00:00 PM

A UCSF doctor explains that because people are struggling to find rapid tests, they are swarming to the ER to get tested, creating longer wait times.

A UCSF doctor explains that because people are struggling to find rapid tests, they are swarming to the ER to get tested, creating longer wait times.

UCSF's chief of emergency medicine explains that because people are struggling to find rapid tests, they are swarming to the ER to get tested. As the hospital is already crowded - and understaffed - 'We don't have space for them in our emergency room or even in the waiting room,' she said.

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"Everyone is feeling mentally and physically exhausted," said Dr.Maria Raven, UCSF's Chief of Emergency Medicine."The big difference between a chicken pox party and getting omicron on purpose is people are still dying from omicron," Dr."We've seen more patients with COVID during the past three weeks to a month than any other time over the past two years.at a bus stop at the southeast corner of Cesar Chavez and Vignes Street, according to Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo." Raven says ambulance traffic across the city has increased by 20 percent in the past week."We're still recording over 1,000 deaths per day and that's no chump change."Every time I'm in the city there are basically ambulance rigs lined up with patients waiting to be triaged," she said.COVID-19 Daily Update: New Cases: 40,452 (2,086,581 to date) New Deaths: 39 (27,850 to date) Current Hospitalizations: 3,912.

RELATED: From SF to Napa, here's why Bay Area hospitals are experiencing overwhelming staffing shortages As Raven and her team are already pressed thin with eight nurses out sick as of Wednesday, her emergency department faces another challenge--people lining up to get COVID tests." Dr.She was taken into surgery for her injuries and is in critical condition."We don't have space for them in our emergency room or even in the waiting room," she said."How long has that been happening?" ABC7's Stephanie Sierra asked."If you go out and try to get it, you're probably going to get a huge or unpredictable dose of virus," Dr."For about three to four weeks.READ MORE: Pressure Mounting To Bring Back State Supported Supplemental COVID Sick Leave “Metro is appalled upon hearing of this incident,” Ubaldo said in an email statement..RELATED: He adds this could lead to a more severe case of omicron than someone who got it by chance.

.because no one can find a rapid test anywhere.In addition, you could pass it to the community's most at risk population.“Oh it scares me so much, I really don’t want these things to happen to me, especially, I’m also an old lady." The ABC7 News I-Team confirmed the problem is occurring in hospital systems across every Bay Area county.It's even causing a backlog triaging patients at San Mateo County General Hospital.Chin-Hong said.VIDEO:.“I take certain precautions, we need to.

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