The total number of deaths was up to 40 on Tuesday. At least one declared an "internal disaster" as well. ICU bed capacity plunged to 0% in Southern California last month, as more and more people were admitted to hospital seeking treatment for Covid-19.
Metro and rural hospitals increased at a rate of almost double that of suburban hospitals, with increases of 249%, 282% and 131%, respectively, the study found.
Ambulances have in some cases been forced to wait several hours to unload patients, causing delays throughout the county's emergency response system. "None of us can afford to be complacent or reckless right now", said Mayor Lindsey Horvath in a statement. "Our health care workers are physically and mentally exhausted and sick".
Meanwhile, Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, president and CEO of the advocacy group Biotechnology Innovation Organization, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-hosts Tuesday that the USA had a national vaccine effort, but that it is lacking a national vaccination effort. However, under the public health department's order, they would be allowed to rent rooms to people who must self-quarantine. "We want to make sure that time is as short as possible so they can receive the necessary care".
Ghaly also said dialysis centers are exacerbating the problem, by sending patients to emergency departments for dialysis or COVID testing "rather than doing it on site". If the patient is stabilized after the period of resuscitation, the patient would then be transported to a hospital.
Due to the New Year holiday along with the weekend, the most recent day where numbers were available was for Wednesday, Dec. 30.
The county has had more than 820,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 10,000 deaths, the university reported. Clayton County reported an increase of six cases. The WHD reports Johnson County has 505 cases recovered and has experienced seven deaths resulting from the coronavirus.
Local officials have urged the public not to call 911 unless "they really need to", Dr. Marc Eckstein, head of the Los Angeles Fire Department EMS bureau, told CNN affiliate KABC. "And that's hard to imagine".
She explained that many hospitals are still dealing with a surge of patients following Thanksgiving and are not equipped to handle the expected increase in cases as people return home after traveling for the holidays. "It took us nine and a half months to get to the first 400,000 cases".
"Assume that this deadly virus is everywhere looking for a host", Ms. Ferrer said, noting that the positivity rate stands at 20 percent, or one in five people who get tested.
On Monday, 2,800 Americans were admitted to the hospital for Covid, the highest daily total yet. Ghaly clarified Tuesday that the directive did not mark any change in actual patient care.
In a separate memo LACFD paramedic crews have been told not to transfer patients in cardiac arrest unless spontaneous circulation can be reestablished on scene.
The COVID-19 surge has also led to a shortage of supplemental oxygen, meaning some patients treated by EMS will go without. Followingly, the Emergency Medical Service Agency issued a directive on Monday with details of the decision.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday the state has created a task force to address the issues with oxygen supply and delivery.
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