December 17, 2020 — COVID sufferers are filling so many beds in California intensive care models that well being officers are opening discipline hospitals to deal with an anticipated overflow of non-ICU sufferers.
Deadline reported that in Orange County alone, a 50-bed discipline hospital can be constructed at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, a 25-bed discipline hospital at St. Jude Medical Middle in Fullerton and a 50-bed discipline hospital on the College of California-Irvine.
The sphere hospitals can be housed in massive trailers and canvas tents with arduous flooring and temperature controls. They’ll have operating water, bogs, showers, turbines, and air purifiers.
“The ICU is at 105% capability,” Orange County Supervisor Doug Chaffee mentioned of St. Jude. “They’re utilizing each out there mattress. The emergency division has an overflow…All of the Orange County hospitals are in the identical scenario. It’s dire, in order that they’ll quickly be erecting a tent within the car parking zone, in all probability for triage. I believe what we’re seeing just isn’t a surge, however a tsunami.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned Tuesday that “various care” services have additionally been arrange at Imperial Valley School (30 beds) and Sleep Prepare Area (20 beds with extra out there) in Sacramento.
The scenario is so dire, Newsom mentioned, that the state simply purchased 5,000 additional physique luggage. Cellular morgues are on standby, and the state is asking retired medical personnel to assist out at well being care services.
The state Department of Public Health mentioned out there ICU capability is scarce in a lot of the state. On Tuesday, the company mentioned Southern California had 1.7% out there capability, San Joaquin Valley 1.6%, the Larger Sacramento area 14.9%, the Bay Space 15.8% and Northern California 29.8%.
Beneath a latest state order, the areas should go into lockdown for 3 weeks when out there ICU capability drops beneath 15%.
“We’ve seen lots of surge tents which have gone up at hospitals across the area,” College of California-Irvine spokesman John Murray mentioned. “That’s often to deal with overflow for issues like emergency departments, sufferers who’re ready … That is actually one thing a bit bit totally different.”
The coronavirus is setting new information day by day throughout the Golden State, and authorities officers are struggling to include it.
The state has greater than 1.6 million confirmed circumstances and 21,000 deaths because the begin of the pandemic. On Monday, the state Division of Public Well being mentioned there 32,326 new confirmed circumstances. The 7-day testing positivity price was 11.1% and the 14-day positivity price was 10.6%.
The Fresno County interim public well being officer, Rais Vohra, MD, told the Los Angeles Times he anticipated “a grim set of weeks earlier than and after the brand new yr, simply given the tendencies that we’re seeing…. Sadly, we’ve simply bought lots of infections and lots of ongoing transmissions [and] we’re nonetheless very, very arduous pressed to attempt to meet that problem.”
The LA Instances reported that the sphere hospitals will deal with non-ICU sufferers in locations resembling Costa Mesa, Porterville, Sacramento, and Imperial, with discipline hospitals on standby standing in Riverside, Richmond, Fresno, San Diego, and San Francisco.