A field hospital tent stands outside the emergency department of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital earlier this month in Los Angeles. California is returning to a tiered restriction system.

A field hospital tent for suspected Covid-19 patient triage stands outside the emergency department of Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Community Hospital on January 6, 2021 in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. – Deep within a South Los Angeles hospital, a row of elderly Hispanic men in induced comas lay hooked up to ventilators, while nurses clad in spacesuit-looking respirators checked their bleeping monitors in the eerie silence. The intensive care unit in one of the city’s poorest districts is well accustomed to death, but with Los Angeles now at the heart of the United States’ Covid pandemic, medics say they have never seen anything on this scale. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)