Every 15 minutes someone in Los Angeles County dies from the coronavirus
In Los Angeles County. Now someone dies of covert 19 every 15 minutes. Here's NPR's Leila Fadel. It took this county 9.5 months to reach 400,000 cases of covert 19. But in the last month that number has doubled to over 840,000 cases. L, A county supervisor Hilda so lease That is a human disaster and one that was avoidable. But I need to underscore that it could be worse. The situation is already beyond our imagination, but it could become beyond comprehension. If the health restrictions in place are not fully obeyed. That number will likely go up after a weekend of New Year celebrations. Despite lockdown rules again, so lease hospitals are declaring internal disasters. And having to open church gyms to serve as hospital units are health care workers are physically and mentally exhausted and sick. Dr. Ornish Mahajan heads Harbor U. C L, a medical center. Were overrun and our emergency room. We're taking care of patients literally in the hallways sometimes because there is just no beds available. We have equipment. That's You know, almost running out, and so it is a really unbelievable situation here. They only have a few ventilators left only a handful of high flow oxygen, a setup that pushes high pressures of oxygen through the nose. You're ordering more, and we will borrow if we need to from our sister hospitals, But every hospital is struggling with this. The ICU is at 150% capacity and the staff is getting exposed not at work, but because there's so much community transmission. Meanwhile, so many hospitals, ers and ICUs are so full. It's prompted new directives from the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency. If in a M T can't get a pulse from a person who's had a cardiac arrest after 20 minutes of trying to resuscitate them. The ambulance shouldn't bring them into the hospital because there's basically no chance of survival and that ambulance in bed are needed for someone else.