Plan to rapidly scale up staffing in order to meet any future COVID-19 patient influx at hospitals and other services
The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the request Tuesday.
Private contracts were approved by the board to provide staffing for large pods that are required to dispense modified vaccinations or to erect tents at hospital to handle an overflow, such as was the case in previous pandemic surges. Frank Kim, Orange County CEO, stated that county staff were too taxed in previous surges.
“We have the capacity to step up,” Kim told City News Service. “We can’t do it again with county staff if we have to do another mass response to staff mass pods.
Kim explained that the contracts will allow staffing until June 2024.
Kim stated that despite the Omicron variant-driven contagious surge in county, he is not worried about hospitals’ ability to deal with the increased patient numbers.
“Eighty percent of the population is vaccinated,” Kim said. “We also know that the feds work on approving modified vaccinations to treat Omicron. We’ll decide if it’s needed.
According to data released Tuesday night by the Orange County Health Care Agency, patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized from 298 to 341 Mondays ago. However, there was a decrease in the number patients in intensive care from 45 to 35.
Officials can’t determine how many patients were admitted to hospital for COVID-19, or if they tested positive for another condition.
From July 1-10, fifteen patients were admitted for COVID-19. They were either incompletely or completely unvaccinated. Five more were vaccinated without boosters, while four others received booster shots.
According to the county’s statistics, 71.5% are either not fully vaccinated or incompletely vaccinated. 72.6% is the percentage in ICU.
34.4% are still available in the county’s ICU beds. If that number falls below 20%, officials are concerned.
The county’s test positivity rate rose from 19.3% to 19.6% a week ago and rose from 20.7% up to 22.4% within the health equity quadrile, which measures communities most affected by the pandemic.
On a seven day average, the county’s daily rate per 100,000 residents is 38.7, with a seven days lag. It is 35.6 for an adjusted rate, which also has a seven day average and seven days lag.
The cumulative number of infections in the county rose to 633,223. Since Friday, 14 deaths have occurred, bringing the total death toll up to 7,195.
The death toll from July’s inflictions since Friday is now 37. One death occurred in June, bringing its death toll up to 44.
May’s death toll is 35. April’s is 34. March’s is 89. February’s death was 343 and January’s was 569.
OCHCA updates COVID on Tuesdays and Fridays. According to the most current data, the case ratio per 100,000 residents who were fully vaccinated and received a booster shot went up from 43 to 21.7 on July 10th to 36.2 on 7/7. The case rate of residents who have been fully vaccinated without a booster increased from 25.2 percent to 21.7 percent, and 43.4 to 37.2 respectively for residents not vaccinated.
According to Tuesday’s data, Orange County saw an increase in vaccinations from 2,332,105 and 2,334,335, respectively. In Orange County, there have been 205,374 people who received two doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. The number of booster shots increased from 1,350.486 to 1,356,048.
The county recorded 301 fully vaccinated people in the latest authorized age, which is 4 years and under, compared to 186,932 who were not vaccinated.
Only 35% of the 5-11 year olds are vaccinated. Contrary to this, 68% of the 12-17-year-olds are vaccinated while 32% aren’t.