California Gov. Gavin Newsum̵
The facility will include at least five 53-foot trailers delivered by the state and five more delivered by the county, along with an unknown number of “land-based refrigerated storage containers.”
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A photo from the AP, taken on Thursday, is reminiscent of images from New York last spring. He showed two temporary refrigerated trailers at Los Angeles County Medical Center Hospital. A statement from the California Emergency Service contained photos of a similar trailer that arrived in the severely affected Imperial County. In total, according to the OES, the state had 88 such units.
County statistics show a total of 761 beds available in the county’s 70 “receiving 911” hospitals. There are 54 intensive care beds for adults.
These 70 hospitals with emergency rooms have a total licensed capacity of about 2,500 intensive care beds. Last week, there were an average of 31 adult beds available per day in the county, with 78% of all patients in the county’s intensive care unit being treated for COVID. Ten days ago, the percentage of Covid-infected patients in the intensive care unit in these same hospitals was about 50%.
Los Angeles County on Friday reported its first-ever number of more than 300 daily coronavirus-related deaths at 318. By comparison, an average of 170 people die in the county each day from all other causes.
318 new deaths increase the overall pandemic in the county to 11,863. To make another comparison, that’s more deaths in a year than any other premature cause of death, including heart disease, according to the county’s latest figures.
And now, according to Dr. Paul Simon, chief scientific officer of public health in Los Angeles, the record deaths and nearly record 31,313 cases of COVID-19 recorded on Friday are just the beginning.
Daily update of COVID-19:
January 8, 2021
New cases: 18,313 (889,405 to date)
New deaths: 318 (11,863 to date)
Current hospitalizations: 8,074 pic.twitter.com/mvUsPDT9FL
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) January 9, 2021
“This is obviously the latest excitement for the winter holidays and the New Year,” said Simon. “And it will probably continue for the next week or two. We expect these numbers to remain high over the next few weeks. “
The growing number of deaths has led to problems in some hospitals. These facilities run out of storage space for bodies, especially in funeral homes that can no longer accommodate. Earlier, the California National Guard team was sent to the county investigator’s office to help manage the growing deaths.
California OES Director Mark Gilarducci said in a video released Friday that he was implementing the state plan for numerous cases. “This is a plan for mass management of deaths, which is being implemented through our law enforcement unit,” Gilarducci revealed.
“We work with our sheriffs, our investigators, our morgue owners to make sure there is a balance across the country, region by region, in dealing with heirs and how we can ensure we don’t get big backups or “If we have backups that are handled with respect and dignity,” Gilarducci said of the plan.
One of the goals is “to have the appropriate equipment in place, or the materials that investigators and medical experts need to deal effectively with heirs.” he continued. “We will continue to work with each of our 58 counties to ensure that each of these people is taken care of in the most respectful way.”
For the OES statement:
In response to the needs currently expressed by county officials, Cal OES facilitated the distribution of 88 refrigerated trailers. Ten of these trailers are rented by Cal OES and are specifically designed to serve as temporary morgues. They were sent to places in the cities of Imperial, Sonoma, San Bernardino, Monterey and Los Angeles. In addition, the Illinois-based Hub Group donated 78 refrigerated trailers to California counties and hospitals, the distribution of which was mediated by Cal OES.
As these trailers are not designed to be used as a morgue, Cal OES is working to provide suitable shelves to at least double the capacity of a single trailer.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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