LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County hospitals are reporting an increase in COVID-19 patients and some have been forced to temporarily halt ambulance arrivals and use gift shops as temporary treatment facilities, a report said Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Times reported that one person died of the virus every 10 minutes on Christmas Eve in the province.
Dr Christina Ghaly, the director of health services of LA County, told the newspaper that the worst was still “almost certain” due to the expected surge after Christmas on top of the surge.
The newspaper reported that 94% of the hospitals in the country that receive patients in ambulances were forced to divert some on Sunday due to spacing issues, and that some patients did not leave ambulances for up to eight hours, so that they were within the vehicle could be treated. .
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“When you walk into the ICU and see every bed occupied by a ventilated COVID patient, with tubes coming into all openings of their body, you begin to understand that we are not dealing with what we have for ten months. had to do ago, “Dr. Brad Spellberg, the chief medical officer at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, told the newspaper.
Models used for planning show that hospitalizations have more than doubled in the next month from about 20,000 to more than 50,000. Los Angeles County, which makes up a quarter of the state’s 10 million residents, has about 40 % of the 24,000 deaths in the state.
The province is approaching a milestone of 10,000 deaths.
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“These are figures that cannot be normalized,” said provincial supervisor Hilda Solis. “Just like the sound of ambulance sirens, we can’t turn it off.”
Associated Press contributed to this report