An oncologist said he was forced to turn down a cancer patient who needed emergency treatment because the Florida hospital is full of Covid-19 patients.
dr. Nitesh Paryani, a radiation oncologist in Tampa, said he could not accept the patient from a nearby hospital because there was “just no room” to treat the patient.
He told CNN on Wednesday that the patient was sent to a location with adequate treatment options, but the hospital had to reject them.
dr. Nitesh Paryani, (pictured) a radiotherapist-oncologist in Tampa, said he couldn’t accept the patient from a nearby hospital because there was “just 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 we couldn’t have imagined and the strain it’s putting on the health care system is unimaginable.”
The United States reported a record number of coronaviruses last week as Florida registered more than 150,000 cases and deaths rose 300 percent in one day.
The cancer patient was later admitted to another nearby facility, but area hospitals are beginning to delay procedures due to a lack of beds.
He added: “Recently, our emergency room had a 12-hour wait. Almost every hospital in the city has a bypass, which means they don’t have room to take transfer patients.’
The latest Covid-19 wave, largely due to the more communicable Delta variant, is pushing emergency care to the brink (stock image)
Paryani urged Americans to get vaccinated, calling it “the best tool we have” for overcoming the pandemic.
‘We see in the hospitals that more than 90 percent of the people who are admitted to the ICUs are not vaccinated.’
The latest Covid-19 wave, largely due to the more communicable Delta variant, is pushing emergency care to the brink.
According to figures compiled by the widely respected Johns Hopkins University, the US reported 319,456 new COVID cases, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to more than 37.7 million.
Nearly half of those cases were reported in Florida, which has a 19.8 percent positivity rate among test subjects.
The state, which releases COVID data just once a week, reported 150,118 cases.
The US reported 2,677 new deaths on Friday, after just 908 deaths on Thursday. Florida was responsible for 346 of those deaths.
The spread of the Delta variant has caused COVID-19 cases among U.S. children to rise by 84 percent in a week and has pushed hospitals in Florida, Texas and Missouri to a “breaking point.”
The Biden administration has backed down on DeSantis, offering federal funding to Florida school districts defying governor’s ban
The US now averages 100,000 new infections per day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter wave as the more highly contagious strain spreads across the country.
Florida hospitals are suspending elective surgeries and placing beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria to try to accommodate the influx of patients.
This comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to get vaccinated, saying people should continue to wear masks if they want to, but no one should be forced to wear the face covering.
More than half of Florida students are enrolled in public schools that will introduce mask mandates next school year.
Speaking on Fox News’ Hannity last Wednesday, DeSantis criticized Biden for being “obsessed” with forcing preschoolers to wear masks all day at school
School Districts Policy Violates DeSantis’ July 30th executive order to protect the ‘freedom of parents to choose’ whether or not their children should wear masks in schools.
DeSantis has threatened to withhold money from school systems that mask, though the Biden administration intervened and allowed schools to use money from pandemic emergency measures to replace staff salaries.
Biden has also threatened to sue the state over mask mandates, for which DeSantis ripped him off last week.
Speaking on Fox News’ Hannity last Wednesday, DeSantis criticized Biden for being “obsessed” with forcing preschoolers to wear masks at school all day.