Latest California Healthline Stories
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.
Public health officials are pleading with Californians to avoid traveling this holiday season, hoping to mitigate the explosive growth of coronavirus infections brought on by mingling households.
Field Hospitals Open Amid Crush Of COVID Infections: With intensive care capacity buckling under an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases, California has opened four field hospitals where dozens of patients are being treated, and the state is bringing in hundreds of additional health care providers. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Moderna Vaccine Approved For Use In California: A group of experts on Sunday endorsed Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for it to be distributed throughout California. The group reviewed the vaccine separately from the FDA, which on Friday issued emergency-use authorization. Read more from the Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee.
ICUs Are Full In Southern California: The availability of intensive-care unit beds throughout Southern California hit 0% Thursday, and officials warned that conditions in hospitals are expected to erode further if the coronavirus continues to spread unchecked. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, Bay Area News Group, The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR and AP.
Vaccine Delivery Hits Snags: The delivery of the coronavirus vaccine to California suffered its first hiccups Wednesday when several shipments carrying thousands of vials were delayed by authorities or sent back because of irregularities. In one instance, vials were returned after they were stored at the wrong temperature. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, CNBC, Reuters and STAT.
California Short On Body Bags: The number of Californians dying of COVID-19 has increased so rapidly that the state ordered 5,000 additional body bags to help hospitals cope with the surge, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday. California has averaged 163 deaths a day over the past week, compared with 41 deaths a day a month ago. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.