Wednesday, April 14, 2021

What you need to know about recent coronavirus surge

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LA County’s hospitals are full because of the latest Covid-19 surge. As of Monday, the county of 10 million people had just 17 available adult ICU beds, according to official data.

LA County supervisor Hilda Solis called the situation “a human disaster” and said “our health care workers are physically and mentally exhausted and .”

The crisis is the result of holiday gatherings and travel, according to county public health director Barbara Ferrer, who said one person is now from the every 15 minutes in LA County — and warned that increases in cases look set to to continue for to come. “We’re likely to experience the worst conditions in January that we’ve faced the entire pandemic, and that’s hard to imagine,” she said.

And the vaccination rollout is happening a lot more slowly than officials had hoped it would About 15.4 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the US, but only 4.5 million people have received their first doses, as opposed to the 20 million officials originally promised would be vaccinated by the end of the year.
Moncef Slaoui, the chief advisor for Operation Warp Speed, told CNN yesterday the 20 million target “was our hope.” Slaoui said 500,000 doses a day had been administered for the last three days, adding that now, with “the holiday period … behind us, I am optimistic this number [is] going to go up.”

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