Los Angeles County surpasses 10000 deaths from coronavirus
Jan 01 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that public health measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 are as important as ever with the detection of two cases of a new variant of the virus in California and Colorado.
While he refused to set a timeline, Ghaly acknowledged that relief from the restrictions was heavily dependent on ICU capacities and added that officials were alarmed at the potential for crushing caseloads as a result of the Christmas-New Years holiday break's travel.
Cathy Chidester, director of the county's Emergency Medical Services Agency, said hospitals are facing problems with oxygen with so many COVID-19 patients needing it because they are struggling to breathe.
However, he added, "some hospitals in Southern California have put in place some practices that would be part of crisis care", such as weighing "the effectiveness of certain treatments for certain patients who are unlikely to survive, or do well".
Newsom said he had just learned of the finding in a Southern California infection Wednesday.
Los Angeles County shattered its record of the highest number of coronavirus deaths reported on a single day since the start of the pandemic with 290 deaths Thursday, according to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Gavin Newsom on Wednesday encouraged schools to resume in-person education next year, starting with the youngest students, and promised $2 billion in state aid to promote coronavirus testing, increased ventilation of classrooms and personal protective equipment. Of the 7,181 people with COVID-19 now hospitalized, 20% of these patients are in the ICU. If county officials are successful, SLO County could be out of the stay-at-home order sooner than the remained to the Southern California Region.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer said there have been 10,056 deaths and more than 7,400 people remain hospitalized with coronavirus in the county, with 20% of them in intensive care units.
Though the recent numbers were partly influenced by a reporting backlog from the Christmas holiday weekend, officials say they represent a sobering reality: that some are now paying the ultimate price for decisions they or those they came into contact with made weeks ago. Public Health anticipates confirming additional deaths due to the backlog of death reports over the next two to three days.
Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday, December 28 announced that California has opted into the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership, at no cost to the state or local government.
Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions, home to 33 million people, have been the first part of the most populous USA state with a population of around 40 million to enter the stay-at-home order since December 6 after the ICU capacity in the two regions dropped below 15 per cent. Upwards of 23 million people live in the region, which accounts for more than 58% of California's total population.
The stay at home order is aimed at relieving some of the pressure facing hospitals.
The news comes a day after the first known case of the variant in the USA was reported in a patient in Colorado.
On Tuesday, local time, the United Kingdom recorded 53,135 new Covid cases, the highest number since mass-testing began in mid-2020, after recording 41,385 new infections on Monday. "The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely", Polis said.
"Most heartbreaking is that if we had done a better job reducing transmission of the virus, many of these deaths would not have happened, "Ferrer said".
Fauci made his remarks during an online discussion of the pandemic with California Governor Gavin Newsom, who announced at the outset that a more infectious coronavirus variant originally found in Britain has been detected in his state, a day after the first known U.S. case was documented in Colorado. He has mild symptoms and is isolating at his home near Denver, while the person with the suspected case is isolating at a Colorado hotel while further genetic analysis is done on his sample, officials said. "This upcoming year offers us the opportunity to rebuild a more just world after the pandemic and to make sure that we never again witness so much global suffering".