“Right now, Tuesday, December 1, 2020, is the worst day so far of the Covid-19 pandemic in Los Angeles County,” county well being director Barbara Ferrer mentioned right this moment. “However, it will likely not remain the worst day of the pandemic in Los Angeles County. That will be tomorrow, and the next day and the next as cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase.” The numbers validate Ferrer’s grim phrases.
Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being on Tuesday introduced the very best variety of new Covid-19 instances that the county has ever skilled. Well being officers confirmed 7,593 new instances, blowing previous the earlier excessive of 6,124 seen final week. It indicators that the virus is infecting extra individuals at a sooner price than ever in L.A. County, even because the county is delivering extra exams than ever earlier than.
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The each day take a look at positivity price right this moment is sort of 12%, up from 7% only one week in the past.
— LA Public Well being (@lapublichealth) December 1, 2020
It was unclear from the Well being Division assertion if the rise being seen is the vanguard of a surge as a consequence of Thanksgiving journey and gatherings. Regardless of the case, it doesn’t bode effectively.
On Monday, Ferrer and Dr. Anthony Fauci each warned of “a surge on top of a surge,” that means that the county’s already report variety of instances could be joined by a wave of infections attributable to Thanksgiving actions. If the county is seeing the start of that surge and it’s already this huge, the state of affairs is really as grim as Ferrer suggests.
Additionally on Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom warned that if the surge continued unabated the state would “take much more dramatic, arguably drastic action.”
“If these trends continue,” mentioned the governor, “the potential for a stay-at-home order for those areas in the Purple…more in line with the stay-at-home order that folks were familiar with at the beginning of the year.”
To place the numbers in some form of perspective, the County of Los Angeles simply reported extra each day infections than the complete state of California was reporting each day in the beginning of November.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote on Twitter, “This is as serious as it gets. We must flatten the curve to avoid overwhelming our hospital system.”
There are 2,316 individuals hospitalized for COVID-19 within the county — the very best quantity because the begin of the pandemic.
That is as critical because it will get. We should flatten the curve to keep away from overwhelming our hospital system.
Please take each precaution to assist cease the unfold.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) December 1, 2020
There have been 2,316 individuals with Covid-19 hospitalized in Los Angeles on Tuesday and 24% of these individuals are within the ICU. That exceeds the height of two,232 individuals hospitalized with Covid-19 throughout the July surge. The each day variety of individuals hospitalized with Covid-19 has elevated practically daily since November 1 when the each day variety of individuals hospitalized with Covid-19 was 799.
To this point, L.A. has recognized 408,396, optimistic instances of Covid-19 throughout all areas of the county. On Tuesday, there have been 46 new deaths for a complete of seven,700 region-wide.
“Every resident and every business needs to take immediate action if we are to dampen this alarming surge,” Ferrer mentioned. “We are in the middle of an accelerating surge in a pandemic of huge magnitude. This is not the time to skirt or debate the safety measures that protect us because we need every single person to use every tool available to stop the surge and save lives.”
To cease the surge, say well being officers, everybody wants to right away keep dwelling as a lot as potential and at all times put on a face protecting each time partaking in actions exterior their properties. Don’t mingle with others not in your family. As a result of COVID-19 spreads from individual to individual via respiratory droplets, face coverings mixed with frequent hand-washing and bodily distancing present the perfect safety if it is advisable depart your property.