Covid-19 epidemics in the workplace have risen dramatically in recent weeks in response to growing community transmission, Los Angeles County health officials said today, warning employers must ensure that their workers and customers are protected.
“We have a problem delivering Covid-19 to jobs across the county,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health. “As the percentage of people who are positive for COVID-19 increases, there is simply a much higher number of infected people walking, often without symptoms, who are now exposing an increasing percentage of people to the virus.”
She said in one month, outbreaks of common jobs – including warehouses, manufacturing facilities and logistics companies ̵
California accounted for 30 percent of all U.S. Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, as the state exceeds 30,000 virus deaths; Only 99,000 inhabitants are completely inoculated
Such outbreaks reflect a steady increase in cases across the country. Health officials reported another 218 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the number of victims across the virus to 12,955. They also announced 14,564 new cases, increasing cumulative numbers from the start of the pandemic to 958,497.
Ferrer noted that the average daily new cases have increased by 1,092% since November, the average daily deaths have increased by 1,133%, and hospitalizations – by 875%.
She said the county was also preparing for the likelihood of a new version of Covid-19, first discovered in the UK – called B.1.1.7 – being established locally.
“According to the latest available science, the option in the UK does not make people worse, but it is more transmissible, which means it can spread more easily,” Ferrer said. “Current expert forecasts predict that if left unchecked, this option could dominate locally until March.”
Asked if he was concerned about B.1.1.7, California’s director of health and humanitarian services, Dr. Mark Galli, said: “Absolutely, we are worried about that. I think we have 38 confirmed cases … if it takes off, we will see an even wider spread than now. I think that the transfer of tariffs will be much more challenging if we see more of this option B.1.1.7. “
With the possibility of the option passing quickly from person to person, Ferrer said people must continue to take all necessary precautions, while not ruling out the need for stricter provisions to control the spread.
Ferrer and Health Services Director Dr. Christina Galli reiterated that hospitalizations appear to be averaging just under 8,000 patients a day. State data shows 7,906 people hospitalized with Covid-19 as of Wednesday, including 1,699 in intensive care.
The record number of patients associated with the pandemic in the county was well over 8,000 last week.
“Although the numbers are at 8,000, they are catching up at a rate that is not really sustainable,” said Gally of LA.
“This high plateau does not leave enough open beds to care for patients without Kovid. And it still does not allow us to be prepared for an additional attack of patients, which may occur in the next few weeks in a potential outbreak after a break. “
Ghaly said hospitals in Los Angeles have not yet begun to see the results of the collection and transmission of viruses, which may have occurred during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“Even if the slight decline continues, we are not nearly in a clear place in the Los Angeles County hospital system,” she said. “Hospitals cannot maintain a high level of beds occupied by patients with COVID.”
She added: “In order to have any significant relief for healthcare providers, we need a rapid and significant drop in hospitalizations over a period of one to two months. Please do not allow the current number of daily hospitalizations to feel normal to you just because it is a plateau. “
“We must be ready to do more if the cases remain high,” she said. “The work ahead requires us to take all necessary action to reduce transmission.”
City News Service contributed to this report.