Ambulances see extended wait times at area hospitals

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An emergency trip to a local hospital could mean long wait times.

Some ambulances have had to wait hours outside Memphis-area hospitals in order to drop off patients.

COVID-19 has many hospitals at capacity.

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Shelby County reported 371 new cases yesterday.

On Monday, 89 percent of local acute care hospital beds and 93 percent of ICU beds were occupied, according to the Commercial Appeal.

There were 580 COVID-19 patients in Memphis-area hospitals that night, according to the CA.

The Memphis Fire Association said some patients had to wait several hours outside area hospitals before getting medical attention.

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The Memphis Fire Department said St. Francis on Park Avenue and Methodist South are experiencing wait times as long as one hour.

The wait times are creating issues for ambulances and first responders who need to get to other calls.

Area hospitals are reportedly working on a process to reduce wait times.