California in Dangerous Phase as COVID-19 Spread Intensifies

California plunged deeper into a new coronavirus crisis on Monday as new cases rose to record levels, some hospitals were full, and officials expressed growing alarm and frustration with people who refused to follow safety rules despite increasingly dangerous conditions.

The state broke its record on Monday for the highest number of new coronavirus cases reported in a single day, counting more than 8,000. That’s the third time in eight days that the state has broken a record for new daily cases, according to the Los Angeles Times’ California Coronavirus Tracker.

A Times analysis found that California is on track to roughly double the number of coronavirus cases in June from those in May. In May, there were 61,666 cases reported statewide; As of Monday night, there were 114,196 cases reported during the first 28 days of June.

As of Monday night, there was a cumulative total of 223,000 confirmed cases and more than 5,900 coronavirus-related deaths in California.

The coronavirus has spread rapidly through communities as the economy reopened and people returned to their old behaviors, returning to bars, barbecues, and birthday parties. The new data shows “alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and hospitalization,” said Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer.

Los Angeles County, long the center of the coronavirus in California, reached another grim milestone, surpassing 100,000 confirmed cumulative cases and more than 3,330 deaths. The county reported more than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday alone, and also recorded its highest number of new infections in a single day, according to The Times’ coronavirus tracker.

The number of hospitalizations for confirmed COVID-19 patients has also skyrocketed in Los Angeles County, increasing by 44% in the past two weeks. On Sunday, 1,732 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, compared to 1,206 two weeks earlier.

Los Angeles County is now planning to run out of its existing supply of COVID-19 patient hospital beds in two to three weeks. Likewise, the number of intensive care beds available could run out sometime in July. However, hospitals can make more room for coronavirus patients by canceling elective surgeries and making other moves to increase capacity.

“This is the time to curl up in your home whenever you can,” said Ferrer, urging people to cover their faces and practice social distancing. “Please don’t let go of everything we work hard and sacrifice.”

She urged people to avoid crowds: “It just isn’t safe right now.”

Ferrer said the increase is proof “definitely” that community transmission has increased, and the cumulative rate of those who tested positive for the infection increased from 8% to 9%. Authorities now warn that 1 in 140 residents are unknowingly infected with the virus and spread it to others, a three-fold increase from last week’s projection of 1 in 400.

That means a typical large, busy store would likely have multiple infectious people come in and shop every day, authorities said.

In addition, health officials revealed that the weekend after June 19, the day that Los Angeles County gave the green light to reopen bars, breweries, wineries and similar businesses, more than 500,000 people visited the places of life. recently reopened county night.

However, inspectors found over the weekend that employees in about half of the bars and restaurants were not wearing face masks or shields. Half of the bars and a third of the restaurants did not adhere to social distancing protocols. Governor Gavin Newsom ordered bars in Los Angeles County and four other counties in the San Joaquin Valley to close Sunday due to the increasing number of cases.

The effective transmission rate of coronavirus has now increased across the county. Previously, until early May, for every infected person, less than an average person was infected, a testament to the success of the stay-at-home order. But in early June, as the reopening accelerated, the coronavirus transmission rate had risen above 1, meaning that for every infected person, an additional 1.26 people are infected on average.

During the stricter version of the stay-at-home order, officials believed that the effective transmission rate of the coronavirus was less than 1, meaning that each person on average infected less than one person. But now, officials believe the effective transmission rate is now 1.26, meaning that each infected person now infects an average of 1.26 other people.

(LA County Department of Health Services)

Orange County confirmed 57 coronavirus-related deaths during the seven-day period ending Sunday, the highest weekly death toll the county has reported since the US pandemic began for the third consecutive week. Orange County broke a weekly COVID record- 19 deaths.

There are now 19 counties on the state’s coronavirus watch list, including LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

Officials are increasingly alarmed by the upcoming July 4 weekend because they fear that more crowds and gatherings may spread COVID-19 even further.

Los Angeles County will close its beaches on Friday and will ban fireworks before the holidays.

All public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, bike paths on the beach “through that sanded part of the beach” and beach access points will be closed from 12:01 am Friday until 5 am Monday. The fireworks ban applies to the long weekend of July 4.

Times staff writer Ryan Murphy contributed to this report.

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