Los Angeles County health officials said today that due to the increase in community transmission, the Covid-19 outbreak in the workplace has soared in recent weeks, warning employers to ensure that their workers and customers are protected.
The director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, said: “We have problems with the spread of Covid-19 in our workplaces throughout the county.” “As the percentage of people who are positive for COVID-19 increases, the number of infected people walking around usually increases significantly, usually without symptoms, which exposes more and more people to the virus.”
She said that within a month, the number of outbreaks in general workplaces including warehouses, manufacturing facilities and logistics companies increased from an average of 9 per week to 44 per week. Schools and daycare facilities have also experienced a three-fold outbreak. Ferrer pointed out that most of them were “small and well-equipped,”
California accounted for 30% of all Covid-19 deaths in the United States on Tuesday as the total number of virus deaths in the state exceeded 30,000.Only 99,000 residents were fully vaccinated
Such outbreaks reflect the continuous increase in cases throughout the county. Health officials reported another 218 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the death toll within the county from the virus to 12,955. They also announced 14,564 new cases, bringing the cumulative number of cases since the pandemic began to 958,497.
Ferrer pointed out that since November, the average daily new cases have increased by 1,092%, the average daily deaths have increased by 1,133%, and the number of hospitalizations has increased by 875%.
She said the county is also ready for the new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.7 that was first discovered in the UK.
Ferrer said: “According to the latest science, the British variant does not make people sick, but it is more easily spread, which means it can spread more easily.” “Experts’ current forecasts indicate that if it is not controlled , This variant will dominate the local area in March.”
When asked if he was worried about Dr. Mark Ghaly, Director of the California Department of Health and Human Services B.1.1.7, replied: “Of course, we are worried about this. I think we have 38 confirmed cases…If we take off, we will Seeing wider spread than now. I think if we see more B.1.1.7 variants, then rate transmission will face greater challenges.”
Ferrer said that since the variant can spread quickly from person to person, people need to continue to take all necessary precautions, while not excluding the need for stricter regulations to control transmission.
Dr. Christina Ghaly, Director of Ferrer and Health Services, once again pointed out that the hospitalization seems to be gradually subsiding, with an average of less than 8,000 patients per day. State data show that as of Wednesday, 7,906 people were hospitalized due to Covid-19, including 1,699 in intensive care.
Last week, the county’s record number of pandemic-related patients was well above 8,000.
Gary of Los Angeles said: “Although the numbers are stable at this number, only slightly below 8,000, their levels are indeed unsustainable.”
“This plateau does not leave enough open beds to care for patients without Covid. Moreover, it still does not allow us to prepare for the onset of other patients that may surge in the next few weeks after the holiday.”
Gary said hospitals in Los Angeles have not yet begun to see the results of the possible gathering and spread of the virus during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
She said: “Even if it continues to decline slightly, we are out of reach in the Los Angeles County hospital system.” “Hospitals cannot afford the high-level beds occupied by COVID patients.”
She added: “In order for medical service providers to get any meaningful relief, we need to quickly and significantly reduce the hospitalization rate within one to two months. Please don’t make the current hospitalization rate just because of its plateau. The number of hospitalizations per day is normal for you.”
She said: “If the number of cases is still high, we should be more prepared.” “Future work requires us to take all necessary measures to reduce spread.”
City News Agency contributed to this report.