By John ANTCZAK and AMY Tackin, Associated Press
Los Angeles (AP) – Coronavirus toll in California Another horrific milestone was reached with health officials on Thursday, with a one-day record of 379 deaths and a two-day record of approximately 106,000 newly confirmed cases.
The country’s most populous state has recorded more than 1,000 deaths in the last five days. Its total case now tops 1.7 million, roughly equal to Spain and surpassed by only eight countries. The total death toll in the state has risen to 21,860.
Many hospitals in California are running out of capacity to treat serious cases, and the situation is complicated in the care of non-COVID patients.
“It’s pretty much all COVID,” said Arlene Bryan, a respiratory therapist at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital in Orange County, where she has assigned six or seven patients instead of one to three. “There are probably two areas that are clean, but we are all thinking that ultimately this is all going to be COVID.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti revealed that his 9-year-old daughter has the virus and is recovering from mild symptoms while he and his wife have tested negative. The family is collapsing.
Garcetti gave the city residents a brief, warning that within days LA County could announce a systemic crisis with all hospitals in common location and staffing. Hospitals are planning by identifying areas such as parking lots and conference rooms that can be used for patient care.
He also reminded residents that the governor had previously announced that the state had ordered 5,000 additional body bags and prepared dozens of refrigerated trucks to use as temporary morgues so that the existing morgue could also have multiple bodies. To handle.
“It scares me, and it should scare you,” Garcetti said.
The massive transition began in October and people were largely blamed for ignoring security measures and socializing with others. Recently, health officials said they have seen cases gathering during Halloween and Thanksgiving and appealed to residents to refrain from being together with people from other homes on Christmas and New Year occasion.
Based on the science of transmission of COVID-19, the “destruction we are now experiencing” is due to being in close or direct contact with another person or group of infected people long enough to infect them. Is, Dr. Mantu Davis, Los Angeles said county health officer.
Amy Arlund, a nurse in the COVID-19 unit at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center, said she takes counseling every day to be able to work, and is disappointed that her community is undergoing a surge of infection.
He said, “We are treated as if we are worth spending.” “We are the most trusted profession in the United States, and if we are so reliable, why are people not listening to us?”
Amid the surges, San Diego County suspended the enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and live adult entertainment establishments. The move came after a judge extended his order to protect two strip clubs from a state shutdown order and surprisingly the ruler applied more widely to the restaurant.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel Wohlfil said the government presented “no evidence” that establishments implementing security requirements contributed to the increase,
California has opened five alternative care facilities, including a former NBA field in Sacramento and two state-run development centers to try to reduce the burden on hospitals. There were another 1,555 beds that state officials were calling a “hot state,” meaning they could be ramped up within days to receive patients, expected to be at skilled nursing levels of care.
State officials also continue to talk with the Department of Defense about using crews from the USNS Mercy Hospital ship, even if they do not use the ship. Daya was quickly brought to Los Angeles for an epidemic to take pressure from hospitals by handling non-COVID cases but eventually saw very few patients.
In San Francisco, the Director of Public Health Drs. Grant Colefax said that travel quarantine is being ordered on Thursday due to the high number of cases in the state and other parts of the country. He said the city has a record high of 242 new cases a day, although the rate of increase is “a bit slow”, meaning there is still time to turn the “critical situation” on, he said.
San Francisco will require 10 days of mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving in the city from outside the 10-county San Francisco Bay Area. This order also discourages non-essential travel within the area. It goes into effect on Friday and expires on January 4.
Travel quarantine exempts medical professionals, first responders, and government and other essential workers traveling for essential purposes. People traveling because they require medical care or are ordered by a court are also exempted.
Brian, a respiratory therapist in Fountain Valley, said that patients are falling sick a lot more than before in the epidemic.
“This is probably the worst I’ve seen with this virus,” she said. “It’s hard to see because we know that all these patients are not going to recover eventually.”
A Fresno nurse, Araland, described heart-breaking scenes.
“We have to see these patients suffering in terrible ways and they are suffering alone and alone, because this is the only way we can protect our family members and visitors from this virus,” he said.
Taxin from Orange County reported. Associated Press authors Olga Rodriguez and Jenny Har in San Francisco, Don Thompson in Sacramento and Julie Watson in San Diego contributed to this report.
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