Dr. Nitesh Paryani, a radiation oncologist in Tampa, said he couldn’t accept the patient from a nearby hospital because there was ‘simply no room’ to treat the patient.
He told CNN on Wednesday that the patient was being sent to a location which had adequate treatment options, but the hospital had to turn them away.
Dr. Nitesh Paryani, (pictured) a radiation oncologist in Tampa, said he couldn’t accept the patient from a nearby hospital because there was ‘simply no room’ to treat the patient
Paryani, the medical director of Tampa Oncology and Proton, said: ‘Delta is just ripping through the hospitals in ways that we couldn’t have imagined and the strain it’s causing on the health care system is unimaginable.’
The cancer patient was later admitted to another facility nearby, but hospitals in the area are beginning to hold off on procedures due to lack of beds.
He added : ‘The other day, our emergency room had a 12-hour wait. Almost every hospital in the city is on diversion, meaning they don’t have room to take transfer patients.’
The latest Covid-19 surge, due largely to the more transmissible Delta variant, is pushing emergency rooms to the brink (stock image)
Paryani urged Americans to get vaccinated, calling it ‘the best tool we have’ to overcome the pandemic.
‘We’re seeing in the hospitals, greater than 90 percent of the people that are admitted in the ICUs are unvaccinated.’
The latest Covid-19 surge, due largely to the more transmissible Delta variant, is pushing emergency rooms to the brink.
According to figures compiled by the widely-respected Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. reported 319,456 new COVID cases, raising the overall count of nationwide cases to more than 37.7 million.
Nearly half of those cases were reported in Florida, which is seeing a 19.8 percent positivity rate among tested individuals.
The state, which only releases COVID data once a week, reported 150,118 cases.
The U.S. reported 2,677 new deaths on Friday, after reporting only 908 deaths on Thursday. Florida accounted for 346 of those deaths.
The spread of the Delta variant has sent COVID-19 cases among US children surging 84 percent in a week and has pushed hospitals in Florida, Texas and Missouri to ‘breaking point’.
The Biden administration has pushed back against DeSantis and offered federal financial support to Florida school districts who are defying the governor’s ban
The US is now averaging 100,000 new infections a day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge as the more highly contagious variant is spreading through the country.
Florida hospitals are suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria to try to make space for the influx of patients.
This comes after Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to get vaccinated, and said people should continue to wear masks if they want to – but that no one should be forced to don the face coverings.
More than half of Florida‘s students are enrolled in public schools that will implement mask mandates this coming school year.
Speaking on Fox News’ Hannity last Wednesday, DeSantis slammed Biden for being ‘obsessed’ with forcing kindergartners to wear masks all day at school
The school districts’ policies are in defiance of DeSantis’ July 30th executive order to protect ‘parents freedom to choose’ whether or not their children had to wear masks in schools.
DeSantis has threatened to withhold funds from school systems that mask up, though the Biden administration stepped in and allowed the schools to use funds from pandemic relief measures to replace the salaries of staff members.
Biden has also threatened to sue the state over mask mandates, which DeSantis ripped him for last week.
Speaking on Fox News’ Hannity last Wednesday, DeSantis slammed Biden for being ‘obsessed’ with forcing kindergartners to wear masks all day at school.