LA County Seeing “Alarming” COVID-19 Hospitalization Increase

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In what officials described on Saturday as an “alarming” increase, hospitalizations for patients with confirmed coronavirus infections in Los Angeles County have jumped 41% in the past three weeks.As of Friday, there were 1,947 patients in LA County hospitals with confirmed coronavirus infections; seven days earlier there were 1,717; in the previous week, there were 1,426; and the week before, there were 1,383.

The number of patients with confirmed coronavirus infections in the intensive care unit has increased by 35% in the past two weeks; Saturday, 549 people were in the ICU; last Saturday there were 446 and the week before there were 408.

LA county officials on Monday warned of “alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations” and anticipated the possibility of running out of hospital beds in two to three weeks; the number of beds in ICU could be exhausted during July.

“If the trajectory continues, the number of intensive care beds – our most limited resource – will likely run out in the near future,” said a memo released on Saturday by the Los Angeles County public health department. for health care providers.

The county has warned health care providers that officials are “concerned that acute care hospitals will have to start implementing decompression plans and prepare for a new wave of cases.”

The memo says that LA county acute care hospitals were asked on June 26 “to review their decompression plans and prepare for a new wave of hospitalizations.”

The spike in coronavirus cases in the state raised the alarm.

Officials feared that a July 4 weekend of crowded beaches, barbeques, parties and crowded restaurants could spur new infections, further crushing already crowded hospitals. The data has shown that The COVID-19 surge in California began over Memorial Day weekend as people stuck inside for months decided to go back to their old routines.

But it looks like disastrous warnings and new restrictions have had the desired effect, with July 4 crowds significantly reduced on beaches, parks and other places.

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