LA County is on the verge of becoming the epicenter of the pandemic as it surpasses 600,000 cases
L.A. County officials are reporting that 100,000 new coronavirus cases have occurred since Dec. 11. The county faces the "fastest acceleration of new cases than at any other time during the pandemic."
Where things stand:
At this moment, hospitals countywide are bombarded with an influx of people stricken with the virus. Space has become limited as the state reported Friday the Southern California region's ICU capacity has fallen to zero, and healthcare workers have been pushed to the limit in keeping up with the need for care.
According to the L.A. Times, California has averaged more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases a day over the last week.
At Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, the situation has gotten so dire the hospital partitioned its own emergency room as a temporary ICU ward, with a dozen patients ventilated, per L.A. Times.
Last week, Public Health reported that the number of coronavirus cases has increased by 370% since November.
What they're saying:
Brad Spellberg, the chief medical officer at Los Angeles County-USC Medic Center, told the L.A. Times; "L.A. County is now moving towards becoming the epicenter of the pandemic," Spellberg would go on to say, "We are not at the stage yet at which other parts of the world, including in the United States, have suffered catastrophic consequences. But we are heading in that direction,"
By the numbers:
On Saturday alone, 5,424 people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized, and 21% of them are in the ICU.
There are 300 new covid-19 patients from yesterday.
New deaths: 60
New cases: 13,756
Total Cases: 610,372 cases since the start of the pandemic
Total Deaths: 8,817 covid-19 related deaths