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 sick.”
The crisis is the result of holiday gatherings and travel, according to county public health director Barbara Ferrer, who said one person is now dying from the virus every 15 minutes in LA County — and warned that increases in cases look set to to continue for weeks 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.