States are running out of doctors and nurses as COVID-19 surges

A patient is attended to by two people in protective gear, including breathing apparatus.

Enlarge / Clinicians care for a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at El Centro Regional Medical Center in hard-hit Imperial County on July 21, 2020 in El Centro, California. (credit: Getty | Mario Tama)

It’s not just beds and medical supplies—hospitals in multiple states are running low on doctors and nurses to tend to the deluge of COVID-19 patients.

Military medical personnel arrived in Los Angeles County Friday to reinforce staffing at two area hospitals struggling amid the pandemic, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Department of Defense deployed the Air Force medical teams after state officials put in a request through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Times noted that six other hospitals in the state have already received military back-up in their fight against the novel coronavirus.

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