Washington state sees record hospitalisations

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalised to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high.

KOMO-TV reported there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday.

At the Swedish First Hill campus of Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center, 10 coronavirus patients were admitted within a span of five hours on Wednesday.

Leaders from hospitals statewide met last week to consider strategies to ensure they have room to care for COVID-19 patients as the hospitalisationrate climbs.

Washington State Hospital Association CEO Cassie Sauer said the cancellations of elective procedures under consideration to make room for coronavirus patients include joint and heart valve replacements and some cancer surgeries.

Vehicles line up as US healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre. PHOTO: AP