On the same day that California recorded the highest number of deaths ever since the onset of the epidemic, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said LA violated its own severe threshold. On Wednesday, the county has crossed 10,000 lives lost to Kovid-19 since the onset of the epidemic.
Notably, Los Angeles County recorded 274 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours, totaling 10,056.
According to Ferrer, the 14-day average number of daily deaths for the virus was about 150. This is “equal to the number of deaths from all other causes, which is about 170,” Ferrer said. “The most heart-breaking thing is that if we had done a better job reducing transmission of the virus, many of these deaths would not have happened.”
California’s daily Kovid-19 deaths reach new highs; Over 600% in the last month
“The impact of this current boom is overshadowing our hospitals and it is increasing deaths,” she said. The percentage of Kovid-infected patients, now referred to the ICU, increased from 20% last week to 26% on Wednesday. So it is not just the virus that is proving fatal, but also the bad scenario of Angelinos dying because they cannot get proper care from the overwhelmed ICU.
“Some patients are waiting in ambulances because there is no place,” LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis said before revealing, “Our medical examiners are receiving overflow of autopsies from hospitals that are unable to store them.”
Solis continued: “My understanding is that the medical examiner will receive assistance from the California National Guard for their operations, and we are expecting them by next Monday. This is such a serious reality, but I am compelled to say this because it has reached the point that we need to show the real toll of this virus and can take it.
“There are more than 10 ambulance patients waiting to be unloaded in many conditions, and those patients are being cared for and treated in the ambulance as if it is part of the Emergency Room Bay,” Director of LA Health And human services dr. Christina abuse.
“Hospitals are treating patients in other areas that are not typically used for patient care at all,” he continued, “not just used for inpatient care. They provide patient care For places like conference rooms or gift shops. “
Health officials warned that as bad as the conditions are now, they will worsen due to public travel and gatherings over the Christmas holiday in January, and are likely to occur despite warnings over the New Year weekend.
“We all need to be prepared for another boom that will begin in early January with even higher case numbers,” Ferrer said. “Increasing cases always lead to more people being transferred to already crowded hospitals and tragically resulting in more people dying.”
Looking at the amount of travel and interlocking that occurs during the holidays, Ferrer said, “We need to be prepared for growth on top of this growth.”
On Wednesday, Dr. On top of a conversation with Anthony Fauci, California Governor Gavin Newsome revealed that allegedly more infectious strains of Kovid-19 in the UK were found in CA, specifically Southern California.
Newsom said he was told “just over an hour ago” that new tensions had been found in the state. Although this change is much more contagious, according to experts it is not more fatal on a case-by-case basis. Fauci said he was not surprised that California “likely to have more cases.”
On top of the overgrowth and deaths described by LA County health officials, LA paints a much darker picture of the coming weeks
“Many mortaries are filling up across the county and are having trouble getting space,” said Gali, who oversees four county-run hospitals. “This is causing backups of bodies in a wide variety of facilities throughout the county.” Gali said the county was “working with those facilities to try and come up with options for storage of those bodies.”
Gali said the L.A. County Morgue, which he oversees, had “386 open spaces” at the end of yesterday. The problem, he said, was “with private hospitals that are experiencing issues with backup of bodies due to over capacity.” The county medical examiner has taken charge of that capability – or lack thereof.
La Mayor Eric Garcetti stated that, a few weeks ago, Cedars-Sinai had two floors dedicated to Kovid-19 patients. As of Wednesday, the hospital had eight floors occupied by virus patients.
In the case of patients waiting in ambulances, Glee said, “There have been some unfortunate consequences for patients who cannot be delivered to hospitals in a timely manner.” When asked about the specifics, he did not provide them.
Also on Wednesday, the county registered 10,392 new cases. The low number of daily new cases is probably due to the fact that the testing centers were closed over Christmas, Ferrer said.
COVID-19 Daily Update:
30 December 2020
New cases: 10,392 (756,116 till date)
New deaths: 274 (to date 10,056)
Current Hospital: 7,415 pic.twitter.com/qJtwIIs9ZR
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) 30 December 2020
“There is a lot of spread in this community, and it makes it easy to spread the virus,” Ferrer said. “So we all have to do everything we know how to do the virus.”
“Please, do not go outside your house to celebrate New Year’s Eve. If we don’t, the beginning of 2021 will be worse by the end of 2020, “Dr. The abuser said.
City News Service contributed to this report.