Around 23% of American hospitals have reported a “critical staffing shortage” as Covid-19 cases continue to surge across the country.
Data released by the Department of Human and Health Services stated that out of 4294 functional hospitals across the country, 975 have stated that they do not have enough doctors and nurses to cater to the critical situation.
The staffing shortage comes along as 80.8% of ICU beds were reportedly occupied by the covid-19 patients.
The majority of states of America have started the implementation of emergency measures to deal with this shortage crisis.
According to the reports, the situation is getting grave in California where the state’s health department announced that the nurses who tested positive for covid-19 are allowed to continue their job if they are asymptomatic and will be interacting only with the Covid-19 patients.
Under CDC guidelines, “health care workers who test positive for COVID-19 can return to work immediately if a hospital enters “crisis” mode. Otherwise, health care personnel are advised to wait five days to return to work as long as their symptoms are improving.”
The governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam issued an executive order allowing all the out-of-state medical workers to work in Virginia, lifting the bed licensing requirements as well as increasing the provider-to-patient ratios for the next 30 days.
“Health care workers and hospitals are exhausted, and they are again facing increasing numbers of patients, affecting their ability to provide care,” Northam said on Monday.
States like Massachusetts, Maine, and Ohio activated the national guard in order to assist the hospitals during the staffing shortage crisis.
The United States of America is undergoing another powerful wave of Covid-19 as a new record was set when the country recorded 1406,527 infectious cases on Monday.
The Omicron variant which has proven to be less lethal but more transmissible than the previous variant of Covid-19 now becomes sole responsible behind 98.3% of all the new Covid-19 cases in the United States of America.
“Spread of the Omicron variant has the potential to worsen staffing shortages and increase supply chain challenges, which jeopardize industry, education, and other systems that are essential to maintain a functioning society and economy,” the CDC explained.