Los Angeles public health officials are advising all key workers across the country to wear masks in their own homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the household as hospitalizations and deaths continue at an alarming rate.
Officials call it “the worst catastrophe”
“Right now, because it’s so prevalent, we recommend that people wear their liners while they’re at home. This will add a layer of protection as we go through this tide,” said Public Health Director Dr. This was said by Barbara Ferrer at a press conference on Monday.
“We strongly recommend that you keep your face covered if you are a worker who leaves every day or you are actually a person who has to perform the basic tasks in your family,” Ferrer added.
Surge in cases: Los Angeles reported 12,617 new cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections in the county to 932,697. Another 137 deaths were reported, increasing the total number of deaths to 12,387.
Deaths increase by 1000%: In the past seven days, the county has reported more than 1,500 Covid-related deaths, according to the latest health data. Since the start of the November wave in Los Angeles County, deaths have risen by more than a staggering 1,000 percent.
Tense hospital resources: Nearly 8,000 people are currently hospitalized as staff continue to address infrastructure problems such as low oxygen supply, limited staff and scarce bed availability. As of Monday afternoon, there are 650 hospital beds and 46 intensive care beds in the entire district, officials said.
Ten people test positive every minute: Ferrer said that every minute an average of 10 people in Los Angeles County are positive for Covid-19. “The detrimental impact on our families and local hospitals from this tide is the worst disaster our county has experienced in decades,” she said.
Vaccines: Despite the tragic loss of life, vaccines are making their way into the community, Ferrer said. Hospitals in Los Angeles have received 220,000 doses of vaccine and about 160,000 frontline health workers have been vaccinated. Last week, hospitals began providing admissions for their second admission, and more than 22,000 health workers have already been fully vaccinated.
Vaccine sites: There are more than 75 vaccination sites in Los Angeles that have been set up to help facilitate the vaccination of individuals under the current Phase 1A of the state, where mostly outpatients and unskilled nurses are immunized. Currently, about 20 vaccination sites are open to first-line health workers and at least five more are expected to be opened in the near future.