Two weeks ago, Ara Najarian and Vrej Agajanian were pondering a ‘Mock Health Department’ to do everything they can to ditch the LA County Health Department’s authority, and preserve the health of the dine-out-burger. Perhaps they should have been preparing for the post Thanksgiving effects of COVID-19.
Los Angeles Times December 18, 2020
Los Angeles County is on the verge of becoming the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, a health official said Friday — a dire declaration that comes as Californians are dying from COVID-19 in numbers never seen before.
While the worst wave of the coronavirus has walloped the entire state, the effects have been particularly pronounced in the nation’s most-populous county, where officials warned the healthcare system is already being pushed to its breaking point.
“I’m not going to sugarcoat this: We are getting crushed,” said Dr. Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
Local hospitals are already “critically overcrowded,” he said during a briefing Friday, and “L.A. County is now moving towards becoming the epicenter of the pandemic.”
“We are not at the stage yet at which other parts of the world, including in the United States, have suffered catastrophic consequences. But we are heading in that direction,” he said. “And if we don’t stop the spread, our hospitals will be overwhelmed. If you have a heart attack, if you get into a car accident, if you fall off a ladder or have a stroke, we may not have a bed for you.”
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