California hospitals discuss rationing care as virus surges

  • FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, respiratory care practitioner Scott Hoagland checks on a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. California’s hospitals are being overwhelmed by a surge of coronavirus patients and some say the worst is yet to come. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

LOS ANGELES — California’s overwhelmed hospitals are setting up makeshift extra beds for coronavirus patients, and a handful of facilities in hard-hit Los Angeles County are drawing up emergency plans in case they have to limit how many people receive life-saving care.