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Monica Bushman, Lita Martinez, Megan Nguyen and Jackie Fortière contributed to this story
Near a serious California milestone: 2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases.
And the state’s 14-day average positivity rate is now 12.3%. This is the highest ever.
In an update on Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsome warned that until Californians start taking more precautions, we can see:
“A boom above a boom, where we are today, yet again at the top, another boom in the middle of January and February and part of the latter, because of Kavanza, because of Christmas, and because it’s the New Year.” “
Newsom also said that starting Thursday – Christmas Eve – negative COVID-19 tests for people on all direct flights from Virgin Atlantic, Delta, and their partner London’s Heathrow Airport to airports on the west coast Will start needing This is because a new, more infectious strain of the virus has been shown in England.
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pay attention: Trends in the charts for California and local counties are current through Tuesday.
We are investigating counties around Southern California to assess the epidemic situation in their communities.
How serious is the situation? A coalition at SoCal came together late Wednesday to issue a joint letter:
Los angeles county
Los Angeles County has broken yet another sabotage COVID-19 record. Health officials reported an additional 145 deaths on Wednesday. It is now the county’s largest single-day death toll; The previous record was set only last week.
On Tuesday, the county surpassed 9,000 of the total COVID-19 deaths. The county confirmed more than 16,500 new coronavirus cases, with more than 6,100 COVID positive patients now requiring hospital care.
The county’s public health director, Barbara Ferrer, says attacks from COVID patients are overshadowing local hospitals – and if residents don’t warn people about traveling or avoiding vacationers, those numbers will be higher in the new year and Will get worse.
“If winter happens on holiday break, it is the same as half of what has happened, or what has happened on Thanksgiving holiday,” Ferrer said.
He also stated that there are currently fewer than three dozen adult ICU beds available for COVID patients in La County. But there is a small fraction of the progress, including LA County’s “R rate” – that is how many people will infect a person infected with the virus. Right now, it is 1.1. It’s still not good, but slightly better than last week’s 1.2.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Last week, Los Angeles County health officials reported an average of 15,459 new coronavirus cases per day.
- Average daily deaths COVID to LA County had 94, and 281 statewide.
- Currently 6,155 people with CO15ID are hospitalized and 20% of them are in ICUs spread across 80 acute care hospitals across the county.
new The affairs It topped 108,200 last week and is threatening to push Los Angeles County’s entire health care system to breaking point.
Crews are building a 50-bed mobile field hospital at UC Irvine Medical Center to deal with the record-setting surge of COVID-19 patients.
It is one of three types of tent-like facilities going to hospitals in Orange County.
On Wednesday, 394 of the approximately 1,900 people hospitalized in the county are in the ICU.
Dr. An infectious disease specialist at UCI Medical Center. Shruti Gohil said this week that she has had more than 100 COVID-19 patients every day for the past several weeks.
“Those numbers are not getting better day by day,” Gohil said. “So if I can impress anyone, you know, keep your Christmas and New Year as limited as you have.”
Orange County on Wednesday reported more than 4.400 new coronovirus cases and 2 deaths. The county reported its highest daily case count – 4,606 – last Sunday.
San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County reported 2,578 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths on Wednesday. The county now leads the state of new infections at 1,816 cases per 100,000 residents on average in the last 7 days.
Currently, 8 of the 17 major hospitals in the county have 0% ICU capacity.
“Our real concern is that this has been going on for so long, many of our people are no longer following the rules, and are no longer listening,” Corwin Porter, director of public health at San Bernardino, told us. “And that’s what’s bothering us … We’re doing our best to test our best and contact Trace and get vaccinated right now. But there are a lot of people who are still spreading the virus , Not taking precautions. “
Porter says the transmission of the virus has become so widespread that nearly every part of San Bernardino County is still a hot spot.
COVID-19 Hospital in Ventura County ranked 300 for the first time last weekend. As of Wednesday, there were 327 hospitalized coronovirus patients. ICU capacity is down to 0% and the county’s transition rate is trending upward.
Ventura County Public Health Officer Drs. Robert Levine says that large gatherings, like an actor Kirk Cameron’s, are held Tuesday night outside the Oaks Mall in the Thousand Ox.
Video footage of Christmas carols protesting orders to move out of the house during a field stay shows very few people wearing masks or social discrimination.
“Some of these people in these gatherings, they often criticize us – county government and public health – for closing businesses,” Levin said. “Businesses are closed as a direct result of their activities.”
Ventura County on Wednesday reported 751 new coronovirus cases and 8 deaths.