When the number of Covid-19 hospital stays in Los Angeles County continued its record increase on Tuesday, 30% of respondents in a recent survey said they had visited a friend, neighbor or relative or had visitors to their home. The survey was conducted by the University of Southern California’s Center for Social and Economic Research, which conducts a weekly representative survey of LA County’s residents about their actions during the pandemic.
The current order of the district health officer expressly forbids such actions: “All public and private gatherings and events with people who are not in your household are prohibited, with the exception of church services and protests.”
If the USC survey is representative of LA County residents as a whole, more than 3,000,000 of them do not follow safety guidelines that instruct residents not to meet with anyone outside of our immediate household. This despite months of requests from local, state and national health authorities.
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“If you’re still shopping for loved ones or planning a holiday get-together this holiday season, then you miss the gravity of the situation affecting hospitals in Los Angeles County, California and this nation. Christina Ghaly, the county’s health services director, said Monday. “In the hospitals, people are very sick. They die there.
“Although they may appear harmless, these acts are extremely high risk,” said Ghaly County will see the days and weeks ahead. “
Recent data shows this Christmas season is emerging as the busiest travel window of the pandemic. Given that, it doesn’t seem like people get the message.
Los Angeles County tragically exceeded 9,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday. LA County has seen more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in just two weeks. That averages nearly 73 Covid-related deaths per day over the past two weeks. 88 new deaths were confirmed Tuesday, bringing a total of 9,016 people dead from the pandemic. The county also identified 12,954 new cases of Covid-19.
Daily COVID-19 update:
December 22, 2020
New cases: 12,954 (previously 647,542)
New deaths: 88 (9,016 to date)
Current hospital stays: 5,866 pic.twitter.com/Vj6LXE8Xg5
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) December 23, 2020
There are currently 5,866 people hospitalized with Covid-19 in LA and 20% of those patients are in intensive care. The number of people who are now hospitalized with Covid-19 is a new high. The daily number of hospital stays on Tuesday has increased by more than 2,700 patients per day for the past two weeks.
According to the state, the available intensive capacity in Southern California is 0%.