The Covid epidemic has forced some of the most expensive medical procedures in the United States to become untenable.
In California, a team of doctors and nurses is scrambling to treat up to 4,000 patients, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The patients, most of whom have already had the virus, have ranged from infants to elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions.
Some are sick with pneumonia.
Some of the hospital staff are already struggling to keep up with the demand.
According to the LA Times, there are some 3,700 cases in California, and a third of them have already been treated.
The hospital in Los Angeles is in need of more than 20,000 beds, with at least two more hospitals scheduled to open this week, according the LA County Health Department.