Latest California Healthline Stories
1 in 3 LA County Residents Has Had Covid: Nearly a year after it began ravaging the region, coronavirus has infected one in every three Los Angeles County residents, according to the county’s latest estimates. The statistics, released on Wednesday by the county’s Department of Health Services, suggest a spread much wider than even the county’s own confirmed toll. Read more from the LA Daily News and Los Angeles Times.
California Opens Vaccinations To People 65 And Older: Gov. Gavin Newson announced Wednesday that people 65 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, but the sudden addition of roughly 6 million people to an already strained distribution network could still leave many waiting weeks for inoculations. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee and LA Daily News. Continued coverage, below.
Shutdown Order Ends In Sacramento Region: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday afternoon that the 13-county greater Sacramento region has been released from its month-long shutdown order. “We’re seeing stabilization in ICUs and positivity rates,” Newsom said. Read more from the Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times and SF Gate.
More Are Eligible To Get Covid Vaccine: Los Angeles County announced Monday that all health care industry workers can now receive vaccinations, including staffers at urgent and primary care clinics, research laboratories, pharmacies and dentist offices. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
LA County Discontinues Use Of Curative Tests: Los Angeles County health officials said Sunday they will stop providing an oral-swab coronavirus test from Curative because of concerns about too many false-negatives. The decision affects only a small number of county-supported mobile testing sites. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, KTLA and NBC Los Angeles.
‘Triage Officers’ Would Decide Whether Someone Lives Or Dies: Stretched to the breaking point by a deluge of covid patients, Los Angeles County’s four public hospitals are preparing to take the extraordinary step of rationing care, with a team of “triage officers” set to decide which patients can benefit from continued treatment and which are beyond saving and should be allowed to die. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
Health Officials Plead With Californians To Change Their Behavior: Worried Los Angeles County health leaders said Wednesday that the region was rapidly losing its battle against covid-19 and that only immediate and decisive changes in behavior can prevent a steep rise in deaths. Read more from the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune.
Health Orders Issued To Help Hospitals: The California Department of Public Health on Tuesday ordered counties with available intensive care capacity to accept transfer patients from overwhelmed regions in an effort to relieve pressure on hospitals. Another health order issued Tuesday requires hospitals to delay any surgeries for non-life-threatening conditions. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle and KCRA.
LA County Told To Prioritize Oxygen For Those Who Can Survive: Paramedics in Southern California are being told to conserve oxygen and not to bring patients to the hospital who have little chance of survival, as Los Angeles County grapples with a new wave of covid patients. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state has devised a five-part strategy for addressing the demand for oxygen. Read more from NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Fox News and LA Daily News.
Holiday Covid Surge Already Starting: The dreaded post-Christmas spike in coronavirus cases appears to be materializing in Los Angeles County, with a new rise in cases as hospitals are already in crisis from the Thanksgiving surge. Meanwhile, L.A. County’s new mandatory quarantine order for travelers is now official. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.