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 day after California began its Covid-19 vaccination rollout, the state activated its "mass fatality" program, including the purchase of 5,000 body bags https://t.co/N8ItJ14QAQ— CNN (@CNN) December 16, 2020
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.
California ordered 5,000 more body bags and has dozens of refrigerated trucks on standby as the state experiences its "most intense" COVID-19 surge to date, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday. https://t.co/rUkbEhepVx— ABC News (@ABC) December 15, 2020
That means one day’s worth of cases can be expected to produce a staggering 3,900 hospitalizations and nearly 500 ICU patients.
California orders 5,000 body bags and puts 60 refrigerated trucks on standby amid COVID surge https://t.co/airtiMvASR— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 16, 2020
“We are in the middle of the most acute peak,” Newsom said, urging residents to take precautions to slow the spread.
California virus surge brings body bags, makeshift morgues https://t.co/HAo7Kj3nc2— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) December 16, 2020
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