COVID outbreak continues for Southland, experts say don’t panic – CBS Los Angeles
NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – There is no doubt that coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in Southland.
Los Angeles County Health announced a daily record of more than 37,000 new cases of COVID as well as 30 additional deaths.
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As a result, it becomes increasingly difficult for families to care for their loved ones who test positive.
“Families face major disruption when trying to treat those infected or in quarantine… and for many it is really difficult right now to get tested and sort through the changing guidelines,” the health director said. LA County Public Officer, Dr. Barbara Ferrer.
Despite the bleak outlook, health experts see reason to be hopeful.
Although the number of hospitalizations jumped, LA County said it was still well below previous increases. The health department also said there were fewer COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.
While the Omicron variant is arguably more contagious than the delta strain, experts believe it’s less serious.
Nevertheless, the torrential increase in cases continues to create panic and caution.
“If you have a ton of drivetrain like the one we have now, it affects everyone’s workforce,” Ferrer said. “Everyone is understaffed. Almost all businesses face staffing issues and hospitals and healthcare providers certainly face staffing issues (too)…. “
Rapid home tests are still hard to find in pharmacies. Most tell customers that they are all exhausted.
Additionally, LA County announced Thursday that it was suspending its program of sending home test kits to residents showing symptoms or who have been exposed.
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The county hopes to deliver the kits in person at various testing sites. It’s unclear when this may go into effect and where the kits will be offered.
Just days before class resumes, LAUSD is pushing all students and staff to get tested.
The country’s second-largest school district held several testing sites on Thursday. Several parents took to social media to say they could get in and out without a problem.
But others weren’t so lucky.
Stephanie Harris, whose two children attend Monlux Elementary School in North Hollywood, was turned down twice on Thursday.
“We got there early but the line was quite long so we decided to try again about a half hour ago and were waiting,” said Harris. “Looks like we’ve been turned away because they’re full for the day.”
As a result, LAUSD announced Thursday that students and parents can pick up home test kits from any of the district’s 63 collection sites.
The test sites for the public also had long queues. Moreover, people are also just waiting for test results.
LA County health officials say they are aware of the backlog.
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On the other hand, LA County is asking the public not to come to the emergency room for testing as they have been increasingly busy during this wave.