D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a restricted public well being emergency till Jan. 26 to assist hospitals deal with a surge in COVID-19 instances.
The D.C. Hospital Affiliation has been asking for the order. The governors of Maryland and Virginia have made related declarations.
An inflow of COVID sufferers, a crush of individuals going to the emergency room for gentle signs and staffing shortages have put additional stress on native hospitals.
Some hospitals are seeing 25% workers shortages associated to COVID-19, stopping them to make use of all of their capability, the order says.
The order provides DC Well being authority to rapidly change procedures, deadlines and requirements in response to COVID-19 as warranted..
In line with a letter from the D.C. Hospital Affiliation, the pressure on the District’s well being care system is larger now than at any time because the pandemic started.