The Emergency Services Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday that it will erect a temporary morgue in the parking lot next to the Los Angeles County Coroner Building to handle record-breaking bodies.
The facility will include at least five 53-foot trailers provided by the state government, another five provided by the county government, and an unknown number of “ground refrigerated storage containers.”
The Associated Press photos taken on Thursday by the Associated Press are reminiscent of photos from New York last spring. It displayed two temporary refrigerator trailers at the University of Southern California Medical Center Hospital in Los Angeles. A statement from the California Office of Emergency Services contained photos of similar trailers arriving in the hard-hit Empire County. According to OES, a total of 88 such units are deployed in the state.
Statistics from the county show that there are 761 beds in the 70 “911” hospitals in the county. There are 54 adult ICU beds.
The total licensed capacity of these 70 hospitals with emergency rooms is approximately 2500 ICU beds. Last week, the county had an average of 31 adult ICU beds every day, and 78% of all ICU patients in the county were receiving COVID treatment. Ten days ago, the percentage of ICU patients infected by Covid in the same hospital was about 50%.
Last Friday, Los Angeles County reported the first ever 300 daily coronavirus-related deaths in history, totaling 318 people. In contrast, the county averages 170 deaths per day from all other causes.
318 new deaths brought the total number of pandemics across the county to 11,863. For comparison, according to the county’s latest data, there are more deaths in a year than any other single cause of premature death (including heart disease).
Now, according to Dr. Paul Simon, Chief Scientific Officer of Los Angeles Public Health, the death toll recorded on Friday and the 18313 COVID-19 cases recently recorded are just the beginning.
COVID-19 daily update:
January 8, 2021
New cases: 18,313 (889,405 so far)
New deaths: 318 (11,863 so far)
Current hospitalizations: 8,074 pic.twitter.com/mvUsPDT9FL
—Los Angeles Public Health (@lapublichealth) January 9, 2021
Simon said: “This is obviously the latest wave of winter holidays and the New Year.” “And it may continue in the next week or two. We do hope that these numbers will continue to be high in the next few weeks.”
The rise in death toll has caused problems in some hospitals. These facilities no longer have enough space to store corpses, especially the fun ceremonies are overrun and cannot accommodate more fun ceremonies. The California National Guard has previously been sent to the county coroner’s office to help manage the increasing death toll.
California OES director Mark Ghilarducci said in a video released on Friday that he is implementing a “state multi-casualty plan.” Ghilarducci revealed: “This is a mass death management plan that runs through our law enforcement agencies.”
“We work with the sheriff, the coroner, the homeowner to ensure that there is a balance between the state and the state when dealing with the deceased, and how to make sure that we don’t get a lot of backup, or backup, if any, To ensure that they are respected and dignified.” Giladucci said of the plan.
One goal is “We have the appropriate equipment or the coroners and medical examiners to effectively deal with the materials needed by the deceased.” He continued. “We will continue to work with each of the 58 counties to ensure that everyone is cared for in the most respectful way.”
According to OES statement:
In response to the current demands expressed by county officials, Cal OES facilitated the distribution of 88 refrigerated trailers. Ten of these trailers were rented by Cal OES and used exclusively for temporary morgues. They have been sent to locations in Empire, Sonoma, San Bernardino, Monterey, and Los Angeles counties. In addition, the Illinois-based Hub Group has donated 78 refrigerated trailers to California counties and hospitals. The distribution of these trailers is handled by Cal OES.
Since these trailers are not designed to be used in morgues, Cal OES is committed to providing appropriate racking to at least double the capacity of a single trailer.
City News Agency contributed to this report.
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