Oxygen supplies grow precarious amid COVID surge

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MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The COVID-19 surge is stretching oxygen supplies tight and sending hospitals scrambling for more ventilators, even as there are glimmers of hope in some hotspots. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a hospital recently called 911 after coming within just a few hours of running out of oxygen because they needed an emergency transfer for a patient on high-flow oxygen. But there are signs of optimism in some parts of the country. Cases and hospitalizations are dropping in some of the worst-off states.

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