'Not in a good place': Hospitals prepare for omicron surge after holidays

December 28, 2021

NBC News

In Rhode Island, hospitals are already in a fragile position heading into the New Year, said Dr. Nadine Himelfarb, the president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

"We're in a really tenuous spot as far as staffing and capacity in hospitals and emergency departments right now," she said. Many health care workers have tested positive for Covid, threatening a staffing crisis on top of a patient surge.

"Anything added to that is going to cause added strain," she said.

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