California records cases, deaths due to growth of virus

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two people are dying of COVID-19 every hour in California’s most populous county as the state sets daily records for newly reported cases and deaths and hospitals report an increase of coronavirus patients Have to contend with.

Most California residents are under orders to stay at home because they live where intensive care unit capacity is declining. Home to 10 million people, Los Angeles County has 2,500 ICU beds, but could easily require far more within a month, the county’s Director of Health Services, Drs. Christina abused.

“Hospitals are under siege and our models show no end in sight,” she said.

Southern California and the Middle Valley – together comprising 23 regions – had exhausted their regular supply of intensive care beds and many medical centers were tapping into their “increased” capacity.

California averages over 35,000 newly reported coronavirus cases a day. Health officials estimate that 12% of them – 4,200 – end up in hospitals. On Wednesday, 53,711 new cases were registered and 293 deaths occurred statewide.

The mass transition began in October and people were largely blamed for ignoring security measures and socializing with others. Recently, health officials said they have seen cases arising from gatherings during the Thanksgiving holiday and appealed to residents to avoid being together with people from other homes on Christmas and New Year.

Health officials in Orange County, Southern California, issued an order Wednesday preventing hospitals from converting ambulances to other medical centers. Dr. with the county’s Health Care Agency. Karl Schultes said ambulances can run to the hospital to pick up their patients.

“Therefore, we have temporarily suspended the ambulance diversion. While this would put some additional stress on hospitals, Shultes said in a statement, it would spread throughout the county and would help ease the anxiety of finding hospital destinations for ambulances.

Jeremy Zouch, chief executive of Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, said nurses, respiratory therapists and homeowners are making additional changes to help during the crush. He said that the registry and traveling nurses have arrived and officials are talking about using the extra space to care for patients at a nearby children’s hospital.

“It has challenged us. Zoch told reporters that each of our units that we have available, we are preparing them anew and using them to care for COVID patients. “It is really challenging us on the capacity front. Our ICUs are very close to full. “

In Orange County, UCI Health plans to add a 50-bed mobile area unit by Christmas.

Hospitals imposed the first Pfizer vaccines to health care workers this week, as a pair of state advisory committees began making potential life-and-death decisions that are next in line for rare vaccines. The committees are considering whether groups such as teachers, farmwork, grocery staff, ride-hailing drivers and news reporters should be among them.

On Wednesday, California announced that the San Francisco Bay Area would join three of the state’s five regions already under a state-governed stay order as ICU available beds fell below 15%. Areas in greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California are already under the command of Gov. Gavin Newsom, which closes businesses including hair and nail salons and movie theaters and severely limits retail operations.

The Northern California region, which includes Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties, is not affected for now.

Several counties in the Bay Area had already implemented the order as a precaution and should no longer be held on Thursday.

In Santa Clara County, which had already implemented the shutdown rules, reported that more than 1,000 infections are occurring per day compared to 300 in July, the county’s Director of Testing, Drs. Said Marty FenstiShub.

“We’re not out of the woods anywhere yet,” he said.

Barbara Ferrer, the state’s most populous Los Angeles County public health director, said the transmission of the virus is formidable and two people are killed every hour in the county.

“We are facing an explosive and very deadly surge,” Ferrer said.


Taxin from Orange County reported. Associated Press authors Jocelyn Gecker, Jenny Harr and Haven Daly in San Francisco and Don Thompson in Sacramento contributed to this report.

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