LAS VEGAS — The state of Nevada is trying to keep hospitals and doctors free of COV-19 while they wait for the virus to pass.
But as the world braces for the next wave of cases, hospitals have been stepping up efforts to provide free oxygen, a practice that’s becoming more common in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Health officials say about a third of hospitals in the country are now offering free oxygen to patients in critical situations.
They’re also working with the hospitals to get more of them to do the same.
The Nevada Hospital Association estimates more than 1,000 hospitals across the state have begun offering oxygen, including Las Vegas, Reno, Las Vegas Metropolitan Medical Center and other hospitals.
The association says it has more than 500,000 members and has more on the horizon.
The Las Vegas hospital association says the trend is growing in states like Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota.
It says it expects about one million people in the United States to be infected with COVID by 2020.