As Covid-19 infections run rampant throughout much of California, hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions continue to reach new highs.
Covid-19 hospitalizations in California have increased every day since Nov. 7.
Currently, at least 21,449 Covid-19 patients are in hospital beds throughout the state, with more than 4,500 of those in ICU.
Doctors in Santa Clara are treating some critically ill patients in the emergency room, because there’s just no room in ICU.
“Often, the only time we can move someone is when a Covid patient dies,” Dr. Marco Randazzo, an emergency room physician, said in a news conference Thursday.
“Despite these conditions, we come to work to do our part,” Randazzo added, pleading with residents to sacrifice this New Year’s Eve “for a lifetime of other experiences yet to come.”
The latest numbers: California added at least 27,237 new cases Thursday, along with 428 more deaths. More than 2.2 million Californians have been infected to date, and more than 25,000 of those have died as a result.
"What we are seeing now, is not normal," Dr. Ahmad Kamal of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center said. "We are clearly not out of the woods, we are in the thick of the woods."