Hard hit southern California to receive 5,000 body bags and 60 morgue trucks

Hospitalizations in the state are double the summertime peak seen earlier in the pandemic, threatening to overwhelm the system

Patients wait to be seen in a makeshift triage center outside of El Centro Regional Medical Center. Photograph: Reuters

Guardian: California is distributing 5,000 body bags mostly to the hard-hit Los Angeles and San Diego areas and has 60 refrigerated trailers standing by as makeshift morgues in anticipation of a surge of coronavirus deaths.

The precautions come from hospitalizations that now are double the summertime peak seen earlier in the pandemic, and which threaten to soon overwhelm the state’s already taxed hospital system.

Gavin Newsom, California’s governor, said Tuesday that the number of average daily deaths has quadrupled from a month ago. The surge is forcing an urgent scramble for more staff and space, a crush that might not abate for two months despite the arrival of the first doses of vaccines this week.

The number of average daily deaths now stands at 163, while positive cases have surged to more than 32,500 each day. Of those new cases, an anticipated 12% will wind up in the hospital and 12% of those hospitalized will crowd already stretched intensive care units.

That means one day’s worth of cases can be expected to produce a staggering 3,900 hospitalizations and nearly 500 ICU patients.

“We are in the middle of the most acute peak,” Newsom said, urging residents to take precautions to slow the spread.

In Orange county, health officials said they plan to send large tents to four hospitals to help handle their patient caseloads.  read more…




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  1. Yes I’m sure Obama, Bush, Clinton and the rest of the US presidents they each got hospitalized for a week at Walter Reed with oxygen supplement and Remdesivir therapy. And no one talked about it because “the media liked them.”

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