During a briefing on Friday, December 18, Dr. Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, said “L.A. County is now moving towards becoming the epicenter of the pandemic.”
By News Desk
As 96 new deaths and 16,504 new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in a day with 5,100 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and four additional MIS-C cases in children.
Since Monday, December 14, L.A. County has reported more than 71,000 new COVID-19 cases; an acceleration of cases never seen before in our communities. As case numbers continue to surge, the total number of individuals who will become seriously ill or pass away will also increase.
Hospitalizations continue to accelerate
COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to accelerate at alarming speed. Of the 5,100 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized, 20% of these people are in the ICU. Friday’s number reflects an increase of nearly 1,500 patients in just one week.
L.A. Public Health Department reported four additional cases of MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children). This brings the total cases of MIS-C in L.A. County to 49 children including one child death. All 49 children with MIS-C in L.A. County were hospitalized. More than 50% of the children were treated in the ICU. Of the children with MIS-C, 27% were under the age of 5 years old, 38% were between the ages of 5 and 11 years old, and 35% were between the ages of 12 and 20 years old. Latino/Latinx children account for 73% of the reported cases.
MIS-C is an inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 and symptoms include fever that does not go away and inflamed body parts, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. If you believe your child is displaying MIS-C symptoms, contact your primary care provider. (If you do not have a primary care provider, dial 2-1-1 and L.A. County will help connect you to one).
To date, L.A. County identified 596,721 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 8,757 deaths.
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The most important action for everyone to take to stop the surge and save lives is to stay home and not mingle with others not in their household. Only go out for work, for exercise, or for essential services. Always wear a face covering and stay at least 6 feet away from people you do not live with at all times.
- Individuals with underlying health conditions and those that are older should remain in their home and not be around others unless seeking essential health and dental care.
If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19:
- Isolate immediately from your family and others.
- If you are having difficulty breathing, go to an emergency room or call 911.
Businesses not adhering to safety protocols
Businesses that are not adhering to safety protocols to protect workers and customers amplify the risk for COVID-19 spread. A list of non-compliant businesses that received citations can be accessed at this link.
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