The surge of COVID-19 patients that require treatment in the ICUs from the Los Angeles County is reaching unprecedented heights. The US continues to be the world’s hardest-hit country by the ongoing pandemic, reaching over 19 million cases of infection and more than 339,000 deaths.
According to npr.org, the massive surge in patients from the Los Angeles County who are infected with the coronavirus is reaching critical numbers. Hospitals are struggling to cope with the surge as it gets more imposing day by day.
No more ICU beds available
Brad Spellberg, who’s the chief medical officer at LAC+USC Medical Center, meaning one of the area’s largest hospitals, brings the terrifying news by saying:
We have no ICU beds,
He also added:
We are just continually, 24 hours a day, scrambling to move patients around. The flood just continues.
In Los Angeles County, an average of more than 15,000 residents are testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus every day. As for the average daily deaths caused by the pandemic, they’re somewhere at 94 people and 281 across the state.
Dr. Christina Ghaly, who is director of the county Department of Health Services, makes us understand even better how bad the situation is:
We are forecasting that in this current surge — between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31 — 8,700 people in Los Angeles County will die from COVID. That is nearly three times the number of people that died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
A staggering number of 6,155 Angelenos are hospitalized for COVID-19 at the moment, with 20% of them being in the ICUs.
Vaccinations for COVID-19 already started in the US, where over 1 million citizens got the first dose. They’ll receive a second and final one 21 or 28 days afterwards. As a first purpose is to immunize 100 million Americans during the first quarter of 2021, the next step is to vaccinate another 100 million people by the second quarter of the next year.