Los Angeles(CA) – June 29: Health authorities issued a warning on Monday in response to the rapid increase of the pandemic in the country’s most populous county and that could leave the Angelina community without hospital beds.
Los Angeles County has long been the epicenter of the coronavirus in California, with more than 100,000 cases and 3,300 confirmed deaths, but authorities warn that the situation is worsening.
Health professionals said they now face one of their biggest fears that the reopening of the county coincides with a sharp increase in infections that threatens to collapse the public and private hospital system.
Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County director of public health, said the new data shows “alarming increases in cases, positive rates, and hospitalization. ” “This definitely indicates that we have increased community transmission,” added Ferrer.
With an eye toward increasing hospital admissions for the first time after the health crisis seemed to subside, Los Angeles County is projecting the possibility of running out of hospital beds in two to three weeks. Intensive care beds could run out during the month of July.
The county is now able to cope with hospital demand, but many patients who have already been exposed to the virus will occupy beds in the coming weeks. It can take three to four weeks for infected people to develop severe symptoms that require hospitalization, and four to five weeks for some of these patients to die.
Both public and private hospitals must prepare to treat more patients, said Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of the county health service. These health centers can increase their capacity by reducing non-urgent procedures and operations and take steps to discharge patients who do not require hospital care faster.