Exacerbating the COVID-19 crisis at the MLK facility is that it is essentially the only medical game in town as doctors are reluctant to set up a practice where they cannot be paid.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Two Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses attend to an intubated COVID-19 patient in the ICU of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital on Friday Jan. 15, 2021. The floor was converted to an ICU unit the week before to help with the surplus of COVID-19 patients.