Los Angeles County has reported more than 43 700 new COVID-19 case on Friday. It set a new daily record for the second consecutive day.
Coronavirus cases rose to their highest levels since the beginning of the pandemic. The county recorded 43,712 new Coronavirus cases, shattering the record of 37.215 cases just one day earlier.
Many officers, firefighters, and health workers are already suffering from the epidemic of infections.
Problematic is the high demand for coronavirus testing services countywide. Residents have been queuing in long lines and struggling to find appointments. They are also rushing to pharmacies, only to be told that they don’t have quick kits to test their homes.
“Many services are strained,”Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County’s Health Director, spoke Thursday.
L.A. County officials claimed that the health care system is in crisis “significant”High rates of virus transmission in the region have led to a shortage of health care workers.
On Thursday, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities reported the highest number of cases, while nurses accounted for 27%.
One-third of all healthcare workers report being exposed at work to known cases.
“Keeping healthcare workers safe is critical to maintaining functionality across our healthcare facilities when surges lead to staffing shortages and rising rates of hospitalizations,”Ferrer stated this in a Friday statement.
Hospitals are dealing with staff shortages. Officials advised residents not to go to emergency rooms unless they have serious medical concerns.
On Friday, 2,902 people were hospitalized in the county with COVID-19. That number was 1,365 seven days ago. On Friday, it was 801.
Officials stated that while hospitalizations have increased rapidly, many COVID-19-positive patients were still in hospitals seeking treatment for other health issues.
“More than half of COVID-positive hospitalized patients are in the hospital for non-COVID related illness,”The health department stated this in a press release.
About 75% of patients admitted to hospital with the virus in November were treated by COVID-19. This percentage is now at 45%.
“While COVID-positive patients do represent a substantial strain on the healthcare system regardless of the reason for their hospital admission, there are likely to be less COVID positive patients requiring ICU care and ventilators than last winter,”Officials stated.
It’s not just hospitals struggling with staffing issues because of the surge.
According to Mayor Eric Garcetti, as of Wednesday, 505 L.A. Police Department Officers and 299 L.A. Fire Department Employees were at home due to COVID-19.
According to Chief Ralph Terrazas, LAFD’s response times are slightly slower because of staffing issues.
“When you call for help from the LAFD, we will respond,” Terrazas said. “However, our response times have been impacted by our lack of staffing due to COVID.”
L.A. County’s health director urged residents to get vaccinated and boosted.
“Vaccinated individuals are between ten and thirty times less likely to need hospital care than those unvaccinated,” Ferrer said.