LA County Public Health Department Director Drs. Barbara Ferrer said that the latest spike is causing a health care crisis and overwhelming the hospital’s ICU, adding that the current boom is tied to many Southern Californians traveling and attending travel ceremonies.
Officials are once again warning people not to travel and gather during the upcoming holidays.
“Every time you’re with others, who aren’t in your house, it’s likely to be a lot more than it was at any time before,” Ferrer said during a briefing on Monday. The way, which has any chance of stopping any kind of boom, is for all of us to stay at home as much as possible, and to just enjoy these holidays with our immediate home. “
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County Health Services Director Drs. Christina Gali said the level of transmission needed to be reduced.
“We need to avoid growth altogether that could happen if people have intercourse with others over the next week or so over the holidays,” she said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti again urged residents to stay home as long as possible, noting that LA test sites have served 3 million people and the positivity rate on those sites is now 20.58%.
The county recorded 11,271 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and currently has 5,709 hospitalized people – 21% of whom are in the ICU.
“Public Health has warned that without a change in how we celebrate the winter holidays, Los Angeles County will experience growth at the top of a boom,” the county said. “Hospitals are already over capacity and the high-quality medical care we are accustomed to in La County is beginning to be compromised because our border health workers are beyond the limits.”
Meanwhile, the county said it expects to receive 116,600 doses of the modern vaccine in shipment sometime earlier this week.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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