Los Angeles County took another grim milestone on Saturday as public health officials reported more than 600,000 total cases of Covid-19. To date, the county has recorded a total of 610,372 coronavirus cases.
As of Saturday alone, Los Angeles Public Health confirmed 13,756 new cases of the coronavirus and 60 new deaths linked to the infectious disease. The numbers don’t seem to be going down when it comes to hospital admissions either, with county officials registering 5,424 patients currently being treated for the virus, with 21% of those receiving intensive care unit treatment.
The thousands of new cases a day continue a dangerous trend started by the Thanksgiving holiday and the associated travel and gatherings. Although state and local authorities have imposed strict lockdown rules, holiday gatherings and celebrations continue to prompt Angelenos to interact with residents outside of their own homes. While wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, and avoiding indoor gatherings are all actions that can help minimize the spread of Covid-19, officials say staying away from home is the most effective way to prevent transmission and infection.
California Covid-19 update: Availability of intensive care beds statewide drops to just 2%
Last week, public health reported that the number of coronavirus cases had risen 370% since November.
While Pfizer’s first round of coronavirus vaccines continues to make its way into healthcare and the elderly, it is by far a total solution, as the availability of ICU beds statewide drops to only 2%. Additionally, the vaccine, which health officials say will likely be distributed to the general population by summer 2021 at the earliest, requires two doses to be fully effective.
To date, LA Public Health has confirmed a total of 8,817 coronavirus-related deaths. Johns Hopkins reports that the United States has identified a total of 17,631,293 cases and 316,006 deaths.
Daily COVID-19 Update:
December 19, 2020
New cases: 13756 (610372 to date)
New deaths: 60 (8,817 to date)
Current hospitalizations: 5,424 pic.twitter.com/ydk6sYBKxV
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) December 20, 2020