Director of public health Barbara Ferrer of Los Angeles County reported on Monday that the coronovirus epidemic has prompted action on health workers in the region.
While it was well documented that the virus devastated patients in the area’s nursing homes in the early stages of LA’s battle with COVID-19, little has been said about the toll on health workers themselves.
According to Ferrer, a total of 11,841 health workers and first responders in LA County have been infected with coronovirus. A total of 1,149 new cases were added in the previous week. Sixty-five percent of those affected were caregivers in skilled nursing facilities,
“Healthcare workers continue to be the most affected” labor population in the county, Ferrer said.
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This revelation seems even more important given the continued high levels of hospitals in the county. As of Monday, there were 2,017 COVID-related hospitals, Ferrer said. This is not far from the all-time high of 2,232 virus patients hospitalized a week earlier.
And those numbers are incomplete due to delays in a new federated-mandated reporting process in which local authorities await state information. “We think there are still 6 hospitals [outstanding], ”Said Ferrer.
The exact number of ICU patients was not given.
“Many people, when they think of capacity, think of beds – literally, mattresses and pillows – and of course, it’s much more complex than that,” president of the California Hospital Association and CEO Carmella Koyle told The Sacramento Bee.
“Efficiency is not only made up of space and beds,” she continued. “In fact, they are the easiest things to solve. It is about employees and personal protective equipment and testing, and unfortunately, those three things are in short supply. “
There was better news on Monday in terms of new cases. The county health department reported 2,039 new infections for a total of 176,028 since the epidemic began. Again, warning Ferrer, “We still lag a bit behind the change in reporting with the state.”
The county reported 17 new deaths on Monday for a total of 4,375.
The test positivity rate is 9 percent, well above a point where the county needs to reopen further.