Air Force medics come to LA County’s biggest public hospitals to help with COVID-19

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LA County + USC Medical Center currently has enough space for more patients, but not enough staff to care for them, says Dr. Brad Spellberg. Photo courtesy of LAC+USC Medical Center.

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in LA have been increasing since the economy reopened in May. According to the county’s public health department, LA County hospitals are treating more than 2,000 COVID-19 patients. Between a quarter and a third of those people are in the Intensive Care Unit.

Now the U.S. military is deploying dozens of Air Force medics to both LAC+USC Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. About 40 people are working between the two hospitals.

Guest: Dr. Brad Spellberg, Chief Medical Officer at the LA County + USC Medical Center


Dr. Brad Spellberg says, “We’re getting punched in the mouth by COVID, and all we can do at the hospital level is respond the best we can.” Photo courtesy of LAC+USC Medical Center.
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Guest:
Dr. Brad Spellberg - Chief Medical Officer at the LA County + USC Medical Center - @BradSpellberg

Host:
Steve Chiotakis

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Jenna Kagel, Kathryn Barnes