California Battles COVID-19 Surge As Hospitalizations Reach All-Time High

Los Angeles County, the nations most populated with 10 million residents, went into another lockdown Monday. Homeowners are prohibited from collecting with people outside of their household for private or public occasions except for spiritual services and political demonstrations.

California has categorized 51 out of the states 58 counties as purple or “extensive,” the states highest risk-level assessment. This mainly limits indoor activities; closing bars, limiting restaurants to outdoor or takeout-only service and minimizing tenancy in retail services. Purple counties are likewise under a curfew.

The state has actually reported almost 1.2 million cases and 19,121 deaths because the pandemic started.

” We are sounding the alarm,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said earlier this month. “The spread of COVID-19, if left uncontrolled, could quickly overwhelm our healthcare system and result in devastating results.”

Current case numbers are most likely postponed due to some health workplaces closing on Thanksgiving. The variety of reported cases could rise in the next few days, and the effect of holiday events on infections might not be seen for weeks.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti approximated that more than 4,000 homeowners could pass away in the next five weeks if the infection spread isnt slowed, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Pedestrians using facemasks walk past a display of mannequin heads likewise using facemasks earlier this month in Los Angeles.

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Black and Latino locals are being disproportionately impacted by the virus and are most likely to pass away from it, according to The Los Angeles Times. Latinos are nearly three times most likely than whites to check positive after changing for population.

There were 8,198 people in California medical facilities with COVID-19 on Sunday and new cases in the state are rising. Recently, the Golden States seven-day average for new coronavirus cases was 2,708, a 109% increase compared to a month ago.

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” We were prepared for a boost,” said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County public health director, on Saturday according to The Los Angeles Times. “None people actually thought the boost would be so huge throughout such a brief period of time.”

More people remain in California healthcare facilities with the coronavirus than ever in the past.

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Pedestrians wearing facemasks stroll past a screen of mannequin heads also wearing facemasks previously this month in Los Angeles.

Reese Oxner is an intern with NPRs News Desk.