DOCTOR SAYS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ON BRINK OF COLLAPSE

As infections from COVID-19 continue to rise nationwide from the latest wave, hospitals in Pennsylvania are watching beds fill up to capacity, in many cases.  The primary factors in the increase are holiday gatherings and the unvaccinated.  The chief medical officer for Geisinger Health System — Dr. Gerald Maloney — says their nine hospitals in central and northeastern Pennsylvania are operating at 110 percent capacity and that patients have been waiting up to 20 hours in emergency rooms.  Pennsylvania currently has almost seven-thousand cases, which is among the highest case rates in the country.