Another COVID-19 Death Reported in Pulaski County

Emergency medical technicians and healthcare workers treat patients outside the emergency room at the Community Hospital of Huntington Park in Huntington Park California

And with hospitals and mortuaries so overwhelmed that the California National Guard arrived Monday to assist the L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner, officials called on the public to take precautions, especially since local health care workers have not received as many vaccines as promised by the federal government.

The order defines the quarantine as "staying at home or another place of temporary shelter and away from contact with others, including those in one's household", according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency issued a memo last week to ambulance workers.

In an interview with All Things Considered, Bosson explains what Monday's orders mean and what is being done to address the problems. "There is no doubt, and I'll tell you right now, we are in the midst of a disaster". How extraordinary is that measure?

The crews were also told to not transport patients who can not resuscitated in the field, and pronounce them dead at the scene. That is our normal protocol in LA County.

But if the patient is declared dead at the scene or no pulse can be restored, paramedics will not take the patient to the hospital. They are trying to do the best they can with limited resources at this point because there are so many patients.

If the patient is stabilised during that time, they would then be taken to a hospital.

As did other media, GMA also reported that LA County has told ambulance drivers "not to transport trauma victims - victims of gunshots, vehicle crashes, heart attacks - to the hospital if they have little chance of surviving".

How concerned should Angelenos be about the availability of oxygen right now?

In its first news briefing of the new year, county public health officials gave a dire warning that, as bad as the current outbreak may appear, the next few weeks are likely to be a lot worse. "All hospitals are working through staffing issues, many are working through infrastructure and oxygen-supply issues, which are complicated and numerous".

We have made this move because of a limited supply of portable oxygen tanks.

Chidester said if residents could see what's happening inside hospitals, they would see the crisis in healthcare workers' eyes. They are spending more time waiting to offload patients at hospitals.

Generally, COVID patients need 60-80 liters of oxygen in a minute. Ambulance crews are being advised to cut back on oxygen use.

United Hatzalah EMTs provide oxygen to a patient.

Local EMS agency head Marianne Gausche-Hill told CBS that medics were "not abandoning resuscitation" in the field, but that transporting patients with "very poor outcomes" who cannot be resuscitated could "impact our hospitals".

Ambulances have in some cases been forced to wait several hours to unload patients, causing delays throughout the county's emergency response system.