A nurse attends to a patient in an intensive care unit in Covid-19 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles on Jan. 6. Patrick T. Fallon / AFP / Getty Images
Los Angeles public health officials are advising all key workers across the county to wear masks within their own four walls to prevent the spread of the coronavirus around the home as hospital stays and deaths remain alarmingly high.
Officials call it the “worst disaster” in the county in decades.
“For now, we recommend that people wear their face coverings while they are indoors as there is so much spread. This will create an extra layer of protection as we negotiate this surge,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer said at a press conference on Monday.
“We strongly recommend covering your face if you are a worker who leaves every day or if you are actually someone who has to run the essential errands of your family,” added Ferrer.
Increase in cases: Los Angeles reported 12,617 new cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections in the county to 932,697. Another 137 deaths have been reported, bringing the total death toll to 12,387.
Deaths up 1,000%: In the past seven days, the county has reported more than 1,500 Covid-related deaths according to the latest health data. Since the surge began in November, LA County has seen deaths rise more than a staggering 1,000%.
Hospital resources burdened: Nearly 8,000 people are currently being hospitalized as officials continue to troubleshoot infrastructure issues, such as: B. poor oxygen supply, limited human resources and poor availability of beds. From Monday afternoon, 650 hospital beds and 46 intensive care beds will be available throughout the district.
Ten people test positive every minute: Ferrer said an average of 10 people in LA County test positive for Covid-19 every minute. “The damaging effects of this wave on our families and our local hospitals are the worst disaster our county has seen in decades,” she said.
Vaccinations: Despite the tragic death, vaccines are dying across the community, Ferrer said. Los Angeles hospitals received 220,000 doses of vaccine and about 160,000 frontline health workers were vaccinated. Hospitals started giving second doses to their eligible employees last week, and more than 22,000 healthcare workers are now fully vaccinated.
Inoculation sites: There are more than 75 vaccination centers in Los Angeles that have been set up to facilitate the vaccine for people in the state’s current Phase 1A, which is mostly non-hospital caregivers and unskilled healthcare workers. There are currently around 20 vaccination sites open for frontline health workers, and at least five more are expected to open in the near future.