LOS ANGELES (AP) – California health officials reported Saturday that a total of 695 coronaviruses have died in several hospitals under unprecedented caseloads.
According to the website of the state’s Department of Public Health, California has died 29,233 since the onset of the epidemic.
Meanwhile, there are about 22,000 hospitalizations, and the state model project could reach the number 30,000 on 1 February.
A surge of cases after Halloween and Thanksgiving led to record hospitalizations in California, and now the most seriously ill of those patients are dying in unprecedented numbers.
Already, many hospitals in Los Angeles and other hard-hit areas are struggling to keep up and warned that they may need rationing care as intensive care beds shrink.
Each intensive care unit at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Ventura County, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of Ventura County, is bed-ridden, and emergency rooms are full..
When a code blue is applied to the hospital indicating cardiac arrest, nurse Yesenia Avila prays a little.
Codes have been frequent. On a particular change, he stated that three COVID-19 patients died within an hour.
“We have never seen so much death before,” Avila told the newspaper. “I have been in health care for 22 years, and I have never been afraid. Right now, I am … I fear for my children. “
The biggest fear is that hospitals will be taken into ration care in just a few weeks, when people disregard the rules of social disturbances to gather with friends and relatives for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, which Appear for medical care.
The post-Christmas boom was deteriorating in Los Angeles County, where data released on Thursday and Friday showed a new daily cassiolad of about 20,000, an average of about 14,000 new cases compared to the previous week. In all, 100,00 new cases were reported this week.
With the new figures released on Saturday, the county has surpassed 12,000 deaths due to COVID-19 – 1,000 of which occurred in the last four days.
“The speed with which we are reaching serious milestones of COVID-19 deaths and cases is a reflection of the widespread devastation that is spreading throughout the county,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “And this quick proliferation reflects the many unsafe actions that individuals took on holidays.”
The chief science officer of the county’s public health, Dr. Paul Simon told the Los Angeles Times He expects the number of hospitals and deaths to be higher during the holidays in January.
“We are going to see high levels of hospitalization and sadly, deaths are occurring at least within the next two to four weeks.”
Los Angeles County has a quarter of the state’s population, but accounts for about 40% of COVID-19 deaths.