[Ed. – CNN finally picks up on a trend the San Diego media have been reporting for weeks. Not all of the patients – who are guaranteed care in California – come across the border legally at the entry points. Quite a few are sneaking across – and then calling 911.]
Coronavirus patients are showing up in emergency rooms after calling 911 from the US-Mexico border.
“They’ll literally come to the border and call an ambulance,” says Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health, a hospital system in southern California.
The rise in ambulance traffic from the border, which several officials described to CNN, is a symptom of the pandemic’s spread in the region — and a sign of the many connections between communities in both countries. …
An increase in cross-border coronavirus cases, which began getting public attention in May, overwhelmed some California hospitals and spurred the state to create a new patient transfer system to help.