Tucson ER Doctor: “Our hospitals are very busy right now with COVID.”

Jul 10, 2020

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KOLD News 13 by Melissa Egan  – A Tucson emergency room physician says you need to stay home even if state leaders aren’t going to require it.

“The emergency department in our critical care units should not be the frontline of COVID, it should be the backline. The frontline should be our public health service,” said Dr. Brad Dreifuss.

Dr. Dreifuss spoke with KOLD News 13 Friday afternoon from the AirBnB he has been staying in for weeks while fighting the coronavirus.

“Our hospitals are very busy right now with COVID,” said Dr. Dreifuss.

While bars, nightclubs, gyms and water parks have been ordered to close again in Arizona, cases continue to rise. As of July 10, more than 116,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

AZDHS reported 2,082 deaths due to COVID-19. 313 of those deaths were in Pima County.