Coronavirus cases, infection rates, and hospitalizations are rising in Los Angeles County, Health Director Barbara Ferrer said today.
The average daily case count is up a staggering 84% in the past month, going from 1,300 in the beginning of June to 2,400 today.
“We are at a very critical juncture in our pandemic,” Ferrer said, noting that the increase of community-spread coronavirus has brought hospitalization rates to levels not seen since late April.
“Our cases are rising, the rate of infection is increasing, and the number of hospitalizations is up,” she added.
Even a small increase in the fatality rate is worrisome, Ferrer said, as deaths tend to lag behind case increases.
Additionally, the intensive care unit at a Southern California hospital has reached full capacity after receiving an influx of coronavirus patients, prompting the medical facility to open a surge space for additional room.
"There is a limit to how much we can serve, and we can't continue on the path we are on right now," Dr. John Fankhauser, CEO at Ventura County Medical Center, said today, adding that the ICU at the facility is now "full."
There are currently 71 coronavirus patients hospitalized in the county’s eight hospitals, and 31 are currently in ICUs, Ventura County Health Director Rigo Vargas said.