Brandon Richardson is a business reporter, covering everything from real estate and healthcare to the airport and port to city hall and the economy. He is a Long Beach native who has been with the Business Journal since graduating from Long Beach City College in spring 2016 with an associate’s degree in journalism. He is an avid record collector and concert goer.

Emotionally and economically exhausted: Hospitals one year into COVID-19

The last 13 months have been a rollercoaster of shifting guidelines, lockdowns and tragedy. From individuals to businesses to the economy at large, nothing was immune to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors and nurses have spent the last year triaging patients in parking lots, providing care in temporary tents and working long hours to treat massive amounts of patients in overcrowded hospitals.

Doctors expect thousands of additional cancer deaths after pandemic causes decrease in screenings

The longer cancer remains undetected, the deadlier it becomes. Cancer is classified by stages ranging from one to four and mortality rates increase the higher the stage, Vora said. For example, on average, stage 1 and 2 colorectal cancer has a 10% mortality rate, stage 3 is 30% and stage 4 is 86%, according to the National Cancer Institute.