U.S. Army Corps of Engineers arrive to help California hospitals short on oxygen

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 22:30:02-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hospitals struggling to provide enough oxygen for the sickest coronavirus patients in the Los Angeles area are starting to get help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s office says crews arrived at some of the aging hospitals Saturday to update oxygen delivery systems. The collaboration comes as the hospitals struggle to maintain oxygen pressure while treating an unprecedented number of patients with respiratory issues.

Besides the shortage of oxygen, they're also having difficulty keeping up with demand for oxygen tanks for discharged patients to take home.

California started the new year on Friday by reporting a record 585 coronavirus deaths. The state Department of Public Health on Saturday reported more than than 53,341 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 2.3 million.