West Palm Beach’s NBC News affiliate reports:
Palm Beach County leaders have declared a local state of emergency to hopefully improve what officials call a “disturbing” shortage of hospital resources for COVID-19 patients. “We are in the most challenging point of COVID-19 from a public health perspective since the onset of this pandemic,” Mayor Dave Kerner said.
Darcy Davis, the CEO of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, said there’s currently no way to see which local hospital ICU wards are specifically accepting COVID-19 patients. Davis said that in one case at Lakeside Medical Center, officials called 13 hospitals in Palm Beach County to accept a COVID-19 patient, and not one of them said yes.
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— WPTV (@WPTV) August 17, 2021