There are currently 98 of the trailers that help district forensic investigators store corpses “with respect and dignity,” said Emergency Services Director Mark Gilarducci. In Los Angeles County, where the average person dies every 6 minutes, temporary storage facilities have been set up in the car park next to the forensic doctor’s office.
The emergency department uses data from the state hospitalization to predict how many people may die in the coming weeks. The state is analyzing multiple models to try to predict hospitalizations and deaths. The “ensemble”
It could be at least two weeks before the state realizes the full extent of the virus’s damage during the holiday season, when many people ignored requests to stay home and not reunite with friends and extended family. On average, about 12% of all those who test positive are eventually hospitalized, so if there are many new cases, this will further overwhelm hospitals. And eventually more people will die.
Gilarducci said the state has activated its “mass death management plan” to try to avoid large backups at the morgue.
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“It is important to know that there is a plan, it is ongoing and active today,” Gilarducci said. “We will continue to work on this issue with each of our 58 counties to ensure that all of these people are cared for in the most respectful way possible.”
The gloomy forecast contradicts the optimistic press conference held on Friday by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Governor Gavin Newsum at Dodger Stadium, which is becoming a vaccination center capable of administering 12,000 doses a day.
California has received more than 3.5 million doses of the vaccine and given just over 1 million doses. Newsum said the state is on the verge of exceeding its target of giving about 1.5 million doses by Friday.
Newsom tried to shed light on encouraging trends: Hospitalizations, intensive care admission and positivity levels – the percentage of people surveyed who have the virus – have declined over the past seven days.
The figures were enough for the Newsom administration earlier this week to lift the home stay order for the 13-county Sacramento area, which includes the state capital and Lake Tahoe, a popular winter tourist destination.
This move allows hair and nail salons to reopen and restaurants to resume outdoor dining and provides a slight increase in the number of customers in retail outlets.
“We’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, not just the light that vaccines provide,” Newsom said.
California, the country’s most populous nation with nearly 40 million inhabitants, has registered an average of more than 41,000 new cases of coronavirus each day in the past two weeks, with earlier outbreaks. While California has the second highest number of deaths in the country, the state ranks 39th in the number of deaths per capita at 81.8.
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