On the day the death toll from coronavirus in California reached 30,000, Disneyland and other places like Dodger Stadium were set up as super vaccination sites.
Newly confirmed infections are growing at a staggering rate of more than a quarter of a million a week, with a record 1,163 deaths over the weekend – Orange County surpasses 2,000 reported deaths.
Deprived of visitors for months due to the pandemic, Disneyland will soon see thousands of guests as it serves as one of five planned mass vaccination sites in Orange County.
Officials announced the deal on Monday (January 11th) to use the theme park in an effort to increase inoculation, as the number of Orange County residents hospitalized with the virus is above 2,200.
“Disneyland, the largest employer in the heart of Orange County, has stepped up to host the county̵
Supervisor Doug Chaffie, whose area includes Disneyland, said his constituents were “heavily influenced by COVID-19.” These Super PODs are extremely important in stopping this deadly virus. “
The county did not share details of exactly how and where the vaccination site will operate on the Disneyland property, but the announcement said it will open later this week to serve – by appointment – people who live or work in the county. Orange and are eligible based on the state’s priority list.
Currently, the country is still in the highest priority phase of inoculations, targeting health care workers, including hospital staff, laboratories and pharmacies, paramedics and EMTs, domestic health workers, and long-term care residents and workers. .
Most eligible workers will be notified by their employer and will be directed to make an appointment through an application, Ottena, the county helped develop.
“Disneyland Resort is proud to help support Orange County and the City of Anaheim with the use of our property, and we are grateful for all their efforts to combat COVID-19,” said Dr. Pamela Heimel, Chief Medical Officer, Disney Parks, Experience. and products said. “After a year in which so many people in our community have faced unprecedented difficulties and uncertainty, there is now reason for optimism about the vaccine.”
Other planned vaccine sites have not been named by the county – spokeswoman Molly Nickelson said the contracts are still being finalized, but the Voice of the UK said earlier that they could include the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds of Orange County in Irvine, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park and the campus of Soca University in Aliso Viejo.
Large-scale vaccinations for thousands of health workers will be held at baseball stadiums in Los Angeles and San Diego and at trade fairs in Fresno and Sacramento. They are among the cities across the country, turning huge car parks into massive vaccination stations to increase the number of inoculations once the initial launch is below expectations.
Gov. Gavin Newsum acknowledged that the spread of vaccines was too slow and promised to fire 1 million shots this week, more than twice as many as have been done so far.
These efforts will require what Newsom called the “deck hands approach,” including allowing vaccinations by pharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians, dentists, paramedics and emergency medical professionals, and members of the California National Guard.
Orange County is also recruiting volunteers to help manage its sites, including people with medical training and others to perform non-medical tasks. County officials have set a goal to complete all vaccinations by July 4th.
Currently, the death rate in California ranks third in the country, after Texas and New York, which is number 1 with nearly 40,000 deaths. It took California the first 10,000 deaths in six months. But in just one month, the total has risen from 20,000 to 30,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
Still, Newsom and the state health official, Dr. Mark Galli, said there was some hope that hospitalizations had leveled off in the past week and vaccinations were about to move at a higher rate.
Revenues at the new hospitals dropped from about 3,500 each day earlier this month to about 2,500, a “significant difference” that shows the earlier holiday jump from Christmas and Hanukkah “is not as significant as we expected,” said Gally, secretary of the California Agency for Health and Humanitarian Services.
Yet recent frightening jumps in new positives suggest the state may simply have taken the time to prepare for what officials still expect to be a peak at the end of the month, partly driven by New Year’s celebrations, they said. Ghaly and Newsom.
The state may have a “small breathing room,” Gally said, enough to prepare hospitals to ensure they can provide enough oxygen both in medical facilities and when sending patients home, as well as for 1,000 newly arrived contract workers to be increased by another 1000 or so before the peak wave reaches a peak.
“I don’t want to think we’re coming out of the woods in any way,” Gally said, adding later that “We’re in the early parts of this holiday tide.” It looks hopeful at the moment. “
Information on vaccination efforts in Orange County is available at occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-vaccine-resources.
Associated Press and staff writer Brady MacDonald contributed to this report.