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COVID-19 cases, test-positivity rates, hospitalizations, and - sadly - even deaths, continue to rise across multiple states in the USA.
Here in California, alarming data about the rising numbers was reported by Dr. Barbara Ferrer of the LA Department of Public Health, and the information should be taken very seriously to all residents in the area. Some area hospitals are beginning to run low on space for patients.
According to a CNN update about COVID-19 in Los Angeles and Southern California,
"Our cases are rising, the rate of infection is increasing, and the number of hospitalizations is up,” she added. Even a small increase in the fatality rate is worrisome, Ferrer said, as deaths tend to lag behind case increases.
Additionally, the intensive care unit at a Southern California hospital has reached full capacity after receiving an influx of coronavirus patients, prompting the medical facility to open a surge space for additional room.
"There is a limit to how much we can serve, and we can't continue on the path we are on right now," Dr. John Fankhauser, CEO at Ventura County Medical Center, said today, adding that the ICU at the facility is now "full."
There are currently 71 coronavirus patients hospitalized in the county’s eight hospitals, and 31 are currently in ICUs, Ventura County Health Director Rigo Vargas said."
And as reported on LA news station KTLA,
"While in previous months there were usually between 1,350 to 1,450 people hospitalized for COVID-19 throughout the county on any given day, the number of daily of hospitalizations has been steadily rising since July 1 and the three-day average of people being hospitalized is now at over 1900 patients. “This is more people hospitalized each day for COVID-19 than really at any other point in the pandemic,” Ferrer said."
The article goes on to say,
"There were 2,004 people hospitalized for the respiratory illness Tuesday— 26% of them in intensive care units and 17% on ventilators.
Ferrer said the county has seen a small increase in the number of deaths, but the data on fatalities usually lags behind.
“We’re entering a phase in which we’re seeing community spread and hospitalizations like we saw in late April — and what we hoped would be the height of infection here in L.A. County,” Ferrer said. “But as you’ve noted this week with us, our cases are rising, the rate of infection is increasing, and the number of hospitalizations are up.”
Meanwhile, CNN has also reported that Texas has, unfortunately, recorded its highest daily COVID-19 fatality toll today, with 98 deaths confirmed. And additionally, CNN updates show that the South American country of Brazil - which is also reeling from infections - has topped 1.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday.
Click here to read the news article on KTLA.
And click here to read the above-mentioned CNN updates.