As coronavirus cases in Arizona continue to surge, Mayor Kate Gallego says Phoenix is facing a huge testing shortage.
People have been in line foreight hours in a hot car whilethey ache, waiting for a test," she said."We are five months in in theUnited States of America.People who want a test shouldnot have to wait that long."
Gallego says there is a need for low-barrier testing. She requested the federal government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for mass testing sites in Phoenix, but that request has been denied.
William Haseltine, a former Harvard Medical School professor, claimed that Arizona is implementing a crisis standard of care, which means, if you're old, youget sent home without care andyou die.
Unfortunately, our medicalprofessionals don't have theresources they need and so theyare being asked to makedifficult decisions, Gallego said, responding to Haseltines comments. She emphasized that people experiencing emergency conditions such as a heart attack should still go to the emergency room and that they will receive care.
Medical professionals are exhausted and asking for reinforcements, while warning that the worst is yet to come, Gallego says.
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