SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Orange County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to climb Saturday, rising to 875 — up from 779 on Friday and 724 on Thursday, in accordance with the most recent state figures.
The variety of these sufferers in intensive care was 116, down from 122 the day before today.
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“Our hospitals are full,” Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, the county’s deputy well being officer, mentioned on a weekly media name Friday.
The final time hospitalizations reached that degree was mid-February of final 12 months, throughout a post-holiday winter surge of infections.
Precisely one 12 months in the past — on Jan. 7, 2021 — the all-time report was set for COVID hospitalizations with 2,259 sufferers, simply as vaccines had been being rolled out for front-line medical workers and first responders.
Chinsio-Kwong mentioned that with greater than 2 million Orange County residents vaccinated, there’s a “excessive chance” that many who check optimistic should not experiencing signs. However she added that “ambulance drop-off instances are excessive” at 52 minutes and 36 seconds as of Thursday. Ideally, the time to drop off sufferers at a hospital mustn’t exceed half-hour, she mentioned.
“Most of our hospitals have resurrected their surge tents to deal with capability,” she mentioned.
However hospitals are additionally “experiencing shortages in workers,” she mentioned.
“Anyplace from 10 to twenty% are calling in sick or having an publicity or arising optimistic in COVID checks.”
Hospital officers, nonetheless, are having issue hiring extra workers to deal with the backlog of sufferers and should need to attraction to the state for assist, she mentioned, including that different counties have briefly stopped sending sufferers to Orange County as a result of the county’s 25 hospitals can not settle for any extra sufferers.
“The following step if we proceed to have these excessive drop-off instances is a few hospitals should begin fascinated about stopping elective procedures,” Chinsio-Kwong mentioned.
On Friday, the Orange County Well being Care Company reported 6,428 new optimistic COVID-19 checks and three extra deaths related to the virus, bringing the county’s cumulative totals to 374,860 instances and 5,906 fatalities.
The OCHCA doesn’t replace COVID knowledge on weekends.
All the deaths logged Friday occurred in December. The demise toll for final month is now 57. Chinso-Kwong mentioned 50 of those that died in December had been unvaccinated and the remaining had been seniors.
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Orange County had 18.3% of its intensive care unit affected person beds out there and 66% of its ventilators as of Friday. Chinsio-Kwong mentioned officers get “nervous” when the ICU mattress availability drops under 20%. Of the hospitalized sufferers, 87% are unvaccinated, and 88% of the ICU sufferers should not inoculated.
The county’s adjusted each day case fee per 100,000 residents jumped from 53.6 Wednesday to 64 Thursday. The testing positivity fee soared up from 16.2% to 19.1%, and it elevated from 16% to 19.3% within the well being fairness quartile, which measures underserved communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
The seven-day common for checks per 100,000 elevated from 513.9 Wednesday to 561.2 Thursday.
On Thursday, officers reported a toddler youthful than 5 had died from the illness, the county’s third pediatric demise of the pandemic.
“We should proceed to be conscious of defending youngsters,” Chinsio- Kwong mentioned. “I’m unhappy to see solely 26% have began the vaccination course of. I’m hoping extra mother and father will select to get their youngsters vaccinated.”
It’s not sure whether or not the kid had been contaminated with the Delta or Omicron variant, Chinsio-Kwong mentioned. However she mentioned the Omicron variant is having extra of an impact on youngsters than earlier variants, and she or he expects pediatric instances to rise regionally, mirroring a nationwide pattern.
The wave of infections can be affecting leisure and courthouse capabilities.
In Orange County’s jails, the variety of contaminated inmates rose from 66 on Monday to 103 as of Friday, in accordance with Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Division. Of these, 25 had been newly booked inmates and the remaining had been within the basic inhabitants.
Of the division’s 3,800 staff, 214 had been contaminated, Braun mentioned.
Soka Performing Arts Middle is suspending its season opening by two weeks. Officers at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa canceled dwell performances for Saturday and Sunday as a result of a few of its theater firm has examined optimistic for coronavirus. The theater hopes to renew performances Jan. 16.
On the Orange County Superior Courts, attorneys had been being inspired to do extra digital appearances for many hearings, reserving dwell appearances for evidentiary hearings and trials.
On Thursday, the Mission Viejo Library started requiring anybody wanting to make use of the library to make an appointment so the workers can socially distance patrons.
To assist native communities with extra testing services and capability amid the nationwide surge in COVID-19 instances pushed by the Omicron variant, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday introduced the activation the California Nationwide Guard.
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“California has led the nation’s combat in opposition to COVID-19, implementing first-in-the-nation public well being measures which have helped save tens of hundreds of lives,” Newsom mentioned. “We proceed to assist communities of their response to COVID by bolstering testing capability.”