LA hospital reels at the centre of COVID-19 storm

Grant Boone
January 9, 2021

"And then you just see them die", Brandenburger said.

This is especially true in neighborhoods with multigenerational families living under one roof, often in overcrowded conditions.

"Yes, we will get a deal done to extend these renter and eviction protections", Newsom said. The gatherings at Thanksgiving have put a lot of strain on hospitals in our most populated county in the nation.

The city of Los Angeles has a population of almost 4 million people, while the county's population is about 10 million. Roughly $100 million would go to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank's small business finance center to provide small business loan and disaster loan guarantees.

"I'm inclined to believe that this is, in fact, a very extraordinary circumstance", she said in reference to Los Angeles. Even as California's unemployment rate moderates from a high of 16.4% in April and May to 8.2% in November, the current rate is still more than twice the pre-pandemic unemployment rate in November 2019, which was 3.9%.

As of Monday, there were 7,697 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, 21% of which were in the intensive care unit.

But those gains are expected to be short-lived.

But shopping malls remain open, as do many retail stores, with safety protocols.

This week, officials said the virus was widespread, and they repeated these suggested changes in behavior: Avoid eating or drinking with anyone not in your household; wash or sanitize your hands every hour if you're around others; exercise by yourself or only with others from your household.

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The county on Thursday also announced another 19,719 COVID-19 cases, pushing the countywide total since the pandemic began to 871,404. Only Arizona tops California in cases per resident. "This plan will provide relief for Californians in need by distributing $600 rapid cash support - for some, at least $1,200 when coupled with federal relief - and extend the eviction moratorium".

Space in Los Angeles County's overrun hospitals has become so limited that ambulance crews have been ordered not to bring in patients if they have nearly no chance of survival.

Dr Colman O'Loughlin, intensive care consultant at the Mater hospital in Dublin and president of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland, told The Irish Times the number of Covid-19 patents in hospital ICUs was "manageable" but added that there was a "concerning rise" in critically ill patients. The state's order, however, clarifies that it is using the CDPH's calculation of ICU capacity, which may be different.

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The 318 new deaths lift the countywide pandemic total to 11,863.

Earlier this week, state health officials caught hospitals off guard and left them scrambling with new orders limiting nonessential surgeries and requiring hospitals that have scarce ICU space to accept patients from those that have run out, an order that may require transferring patients hundreds of miles.

"The rate of new cases this month is translating into a disastrous increase in the number of people with severe COVID-19 symptoms being sent to our local hospitals and, tragically, we are now seeing more than 200 deaths a day", said the department in the release, noting that people who were otherwise leading healthy, productive lives are now passing away because of a chance encounter with the COVID-19 virus.

San Diego County officials reported on Tuesday that the region had 20% ICU capacity. An additional 17 deaths were recorded.

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