Orange County health officials today reported 1486 patients at COVID-19 Hospital in the county. This includes 319 ICU patients, which is a staggering more than 100 people in one day.
Both are new records.
Officials blame recent attacks on gatherings where people don’t wear face shields.
And that prompted Dr. Clayton Chau, county health director, to make this emotional plea to the supervisory board at this week’s meeting: Stay home.
“I’m scared. I fall asleep every night. I’m scared – I’ve never been so scared of Christmas and the New Year in my life as I am now because I don’t want to … I can’t imagine what it would be like after the holidays if people didn’t they listen, and the people do not meet, and come together. “
Chau’s request at Tuesday’s meeting was made the day before vaccinations began in Orange County.
Tonight, officials from the Orange County Public Health Office announced that so many hospitals have asked ambulances to be redirected to other facilities to stop the practice for the time being. A statement issued by Dr. Carl Schultz, director of the county’s emergency medical service, said:
“In our current COVID-19 situation, the vast majority of patients enrolling in emergency departments throughout the county have been referred to almost all hospitals. If they do nothing, ambulances will soon run out of hospitals that can provide their care. Patients.”
Many public health officials have called for an increasingly emotional request for the public to take this increase seriously in new cases. The steep rise comes just weeks after Thanksgiving, Hannukah is currently underway, and Christmas and New Year are fast approaching.
Barbara Ferrer, LA County Director of Public Health, told our newspaper that she shares the fears of her Orange County colleague.
“Every day we have to report all the people who have died, and every day that number is getting bigger and bigger, and at that point this train is no longer at a station,” Ferrer said on record day of deaths and new cases in his county. “A lot more people need to be hospitalized, and unfortunately a lot more will pass, all this holiday season.”
Bottom message from health officials: If you have any vacation plans that involve traveling or meeting people outside the household, please reconsider them.
OVERVIEW OF ORANGE COUNTY NUMBERS:
Here is an overview of the longer-term trends in the county. To learn more, visit COVID-19 in California and select Orange County or any other California county of interest. These numbers were current on Wednesday, December 15th and do not include today’s updates:
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