LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being Wednesday introduced 5,987 newly confirmed circumstances of coronavirus and 40 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 414,185 circumstances and seven,740 deaths.
Officers additionally mentioned there have been 2,439 folks hospitalized with COVID-19, the best quantity for the reason that starting of the pandemic.
“Right now was in all probability the busiest day that we’ve had post-Thanksgiving vacation,” Michael Daignault, an emergency room physician at Windfall Saint Joseph Medical Heart in Burbank, mentioned.
He mentioned docs on the hospital have seen a virtually 100% enhance within the variety of sufferers within the final a number of days — many with signs of COVID-19.
“We’ve contingency plans arrange for changing models for COVID sufferers. We’ve contingency plans for staffing,” he mentioned. “I simply assume the exponential enhance in circumstances was one thing we weren’t anticipating to occur this rapidly this early on.”
Of the practically 2,500 hospitalized Wednesday all through the county, 24% have been being handled in intensive care models and 13% have been on ventilators.
A kind of sufferers is the husband of Martha Cota, a outstanding group activist in Lengthy Seaside.
“He was on a ventilator, and he truly took a flip for the more serious final evening,” Silissa Uriarte Smith, a good friend, mentioned.
Uriarte Smith mentioned pals have began a GoFundMe page for the couple, as a result of Cota’s husband doesn’t have medical health insurance.
“She is beneath an incredible quantity of stress, and she or he wants help and she or he’s an individual who has supported so many individuals,” she mentioned.
And on Wednesday evening, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti mentioned that if COVID-19 case numbers proceed to rise, the county may run out of hospital beds — and shortly.
“In the event that they proceed to extend within the tempo that we’ve seen, the county expects we’ll run out of hospital beds right here in Los Angeles by Christmastime,” he mentioned.
“We’re seeing terrifying will increase in circumstances in L.A. County,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, county public well being director, mentioned. “We at the moment are on the worst level on this pandemic.”
Additionally on Wednesday, the town of Los Angeles issued an updated targeted Safer at Home order to align the town’s native order with the county’s order.
“It’s time to cancel every little thing, and if it isn’t important don’t do it,” Garcetti mentioned.
Well being officers mentioned there have been 122 ICU beds out there within the county — a county that serves greater than 10 million folks.