California set a new record for COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, with more than 400 new deaths. Hospitalizations are also increasing, which doctors like dr. Tirso del Junco, Jr., Chief Medical Officer of KPC Health Global Medical Centers, should warn that ‘we are on the brink of a catastrophic moment.’
Del Junco said hospitals in Southern California are now facing the grim prospect of rationing.
“If you have several patients who are undergoing cardiac arrest or code blues, not everyone can respond to it. So they have to make a choice. To whom do I respond? To whom do I not respond?” he said.
Many of the COVID patients are now in their twenties and thirties, he added.
California received more bad news on Wednesdayin of the new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus. The new variant was first reported in the UK and has since been identified in a number of countries.
“We have been informed that this new variant, which we have clearly identified from the United Kingdom, has been identified here in the state of California, in Southern California,” Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday during a virtual conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci said. the country’s leading expert in infectious diseases.
“I’m not surprised you have a case in California, and probably more cases, and we’ll probably see reports from other states,” Fauci said. One case was confirmed in, and another is suspected.
“Both of these cases are staff of the Colorado National Guard who were both deployed to support staff at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, a state epidemiologist from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said.
Herlihy said the nursing home has a continuous outbreak in the coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday there is no evidence that the new strain is more lethal or resistant to the vaccine. Current guidance, such as wearing a mask and social distance, still needs to be followed, the agency said.
Scientists in England believe that the variant spreads much faster and possibly contains mutations that make it easier for children to become infected.
Correction: This article has been updated to indicate that the second case of the variant in Colorado has not been confirmed.