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According to reports in the LA Times, as well as a report on the website of local Southern California news station ABC7, Los Angeles county may be facing a critical shortage of hospital beds in the next two to three weeks due to a surge of COVID-19 patients.
According to ABC7 News,
"Facing a new surge in coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County hospitals could run out of available beds within the next two to three weeks, county health officials say.
ICU beds could run out even sooner.
County health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer is urging hospitals to begin putting in place their plans to prepare for a surge.
"If the trajectory continues, the number of ICU beds - our most limited resource - is likely to become inadequate in the near future," Ferrer wrote in a letter to hospital executives.
The surge plans include putting elective surgeries and other services on hold; preparing non-traditional areas such as operating rooms and waiting rooms to hold hospital beds; and making sure facilities have extra supplies of personal protective equipment on hand.
The new projections from the county's predictive modeling team warn the trajectory of the epidemic is changing for the worse.
That means roughly 1 in 140 residents of Los Angeles County are currently infectious to others, compared to about 1 in 400 from a week earlier.
"A typical large busy store is likely to have multiple infectious persons enter and shop every day," the predictive modeling team writes."
The aforementioned article in the LA Times further explains that,
"In what officials have described as an “alarming” increase, hospitalizations of patients with confirmed coronavirus infections in Los Angeles County have jumped 41% in the last three weeks."
Please be safe out there.
Click here to read the full article in the LA Times.
Click here to read the article on ABC7 News.