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 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, the best quantity for the reason that starting of the pandemic.
“Immediately was most likely the busiest day that we’ve had post-Thanksgiving vacation,” Michael Daignault, an emergency room physician at Windfall Saint Joseph Medical Middle in Burbank, mentioned.
He mentioned docs on the hospital have seen an almost 100% enhance within the variety of sufferers within the final a number of days — many with signs of COVID-19.
“Now we have contingency plans arrange for changing models for COVID sufferers. Now we have contingency plans for staffing,” he mentioned. “I simply assume the exponential enhance in circumstances was one thing we weren’t anticipating to occur this shortly 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 neighborhood activist in Lengthy Seaside.
“He was on a ventilator, and he really took a flip for the more severe final evening,” Silissa Uriarte Smith, a buddy, mentioned.
Uriarte Smith mentioned mates have began a GoFundMe page for the couple, as a result of Cota’s husband doesn’t have medical insurance.
“She is underneath an amazing 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, town of Los Angeles issued an updated targeted Safer at Home order to align town’s native order with the county’s order.
“It’s time to cancel all the things, and if it isn’t important don’t do it,” Garcetti mentioned.
Well being officers mentioned there have been 122 ICU beds obtainable within the county — a county that serves greater than 10 million individuals.