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Total LA Covid Top 10,000 deaths; “Hospital overflow” – Deadline

On the same day that California reported by far its highest number of deaths since the start of the pandemic, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Los Angeles had crossed its own dark threshold. On Wednesday, the county went through 10,000 lives lost to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Specifically, Los Angeles County has recorded 274 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours for a total of 10,056.

The average 14-day daily death toll for the virus according to Ferrer was around 150. That’s “roughly equal to the number of deaths from all other causes, which is around 170,” Ferrer said.

In addition, “The impact of this current outbreak is overwhelming our hospitals and increasing the number of deaths.” So it’s not just the virus, but the nightmarish scenario of Angelenos dying because they can’t get the proper care from the overwhelmed ICUs.

Daily Covid-19 deaths in California reach shocking new high; Up over 600% last month

“Some patients are waiting in ambulances because there is no room,” said Hilda Solis, LA County Supervisor, before revealing that “our medical examiner is receiving an overflow of bodies from hospitals that cannot store.

Considering the amount of travel and mix that has likely occurred during the holidays, Ferrer said, “we need to be prepared for an increase on top of this increase.”

Additionally, at the top of a conversation with Dr Anthony Fauci on Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom revealed that the new, apparently more infectious strain of Covid-19 first identified in the UK had been found in California, particularly in southern California.

Newsom said he was informed “about an hour ago” that the new strain was discovered in the state. While the variation is much more contagious, it doesn’t appear to be more deadly on a case-by-case basis, experts say. Fauci said he was not surprised that there had been one case “and probably more cases in California.”

That, in addition to the outbursts and deaths described by LA County health officials, paints a very grim picture for the weeks to come in Los Angeles.

“Many morgues across the county are filling up and struggling to make room,” said Dr Christina Ghaly, who oversees the four hospitals run by the county. “This is causing the bodies to be saved at various facilities across the county.” Ghaly said the county is “working with these facilities to try to find alternatives to store these bodies.”

Also on Wednesday, the county reported 10,392 new cases. The lower number of new daily cases is likely due to the fact that testing centers were closed over Christmas, Ferrer said.

“There is a lot of spread in the community, and that makes it easier for this virus to spread,” Ferrer said earlier this week. “So we’re all going to have to do everything we know to contain the virus.”

“Please don’t go out of your home to celebrate New Years Eve. If we don’t, then the start of 2021 will be worse than the end of 2020,” said Dr Ghaly.

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