Daily California coronavirus cases triple as pandemic dramatically worsens
The coronavirus is infecting more Californians daily than at any other point in the COVID-19 pandemic, raising concerns about a peak in deaths by Christmas.
SAN FRANCISCO — California’s average daily number of coronavirus cases has tripled in the last month, a Times analysis has found, as pandemic conditions deteriorated dramatically around the state.The coronavirus is now infecting more Californians daily than at any previous point in the COVID-19 pandemic, raising concerns about a new peak in coronavirus-related deaths by Christmas.
As of Saturday night, California was averaging more than 11,500 new coronavirus cases a day over the last seven days, more than triple the number a month earlier, on Oct. 21, which was nearly 3,200, according to a Times analysis.Even during the summertime surge, which led to the season with California’s worst COVID-19 death toll, the average daily number of coronavirus cases over a seven-day period never exceeded 10,000.
AdvertisementCOVID-19 hospitalizations have doubled in the last month, the analysis found. And COVID-19 deaths have suddenly begun to climb in recent days. In the last week, an average of 65 Californian deaths have been reported daily, a more than 50% increase from two weeks ago, when 43 fatalities were reported daily on average.
The rate at which Californians are testing positive for the coronavirus was up dramatically in the last week — a troubling indication of the rapid spread of the highly contagious virus. On Saturday, the coronavirus positivity rate hit 6.1%, double the percentage it was on Nov. 1, when the rate was 2.98%.
On Saturday, San Diego and San Bernardino counties both recorded their highest single-day coronavirus case totals in the history of the pandemic, according to health officials.AdvertisementLos Angeles Countyis now on pace to cross a grim marker that would require outdoor restaurant dining areas to shut down as early as this week. According to a Times analysis, as of Saturday night, L.A. County was averaging 3,907 cases a day over the last five days, roughly double the number from just two weeks ago.
Saturday continued a disturbing trend of daily case counts surpassing 4,000. On Saturday, 4,387 coronavirus cases were reported, according to an independent Times tally of coronavirus cases; on Friday, 4,158 were reported; and on Thursday, 4,943 were tallied, a single-day record.
Once L.A. County averages 4,000 cases daily over a five-day period, officials have said they will plan to require the closure of outdoor restaurant dining areas, which would restrict eateries to serve food only by takeout and delivery for the first time since May. Officials said they plan to give three days’ notice before such a new health order would become effective.
AdvertisementAnd should L.A. County average 4,500 cases daily over a five-day period, officials have warned that they will impose a springtime style stay-at-home order.Daily deaths are also starting to climb in L.A. County. On Saturday, an average of 23 residents in Los Angeles County were reported to be dying from COVID-19 daily over the previous seven days; that’s double the figure from early November, when about 11 people were dying a day.
There are a number of reasons for the sudden surge in coronavirus cases in California, where a surge began in late October.They include the colder weather, which encourages people to stay indoors; increased travel from other harder-hit states; gatherings to watch the NBA Finals and the World Series, won by the Lakers and Dodgers, respectively; Halloween; protests and celebrations related to the election; a general increase in social gatherings; an increase in workplace outbreaks; a premature feeling that the danger of the pandemic had passed; and fatigue and even resentment of continuing with COVID-19 safety precautions, according to state and local health officials.
AdvertisementCumulatively, California has recorded 1.1 million coronavirus cases and more than 18,700 deaths. Nationally, more than 12 million coronavirus cases have been diagnosed and more than 255,000 people in the U.S. have died.Federal, state and local authorities are urging people to stay home for Thanksgiving and abandon Thanksgiving travel plans, whether it be a cross-country plane flight or a drive across town, to avoid spreading the virus at celebrations. The virus can be transmitted by people who seem perfectly healthy and never fall sick.
A travel advisory issued by California in mid-November implored residents to avoid nonessential out-of-state travel and asks those who arrive from outside of the state to quarantine for 14 days, meaning they should stay at home or other lodging as much as possible during that time and order food by delivery.
AdvertisementL.A. County’s director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, urged college students living on campus to not return home just for the Thanksgiving holiday. Students who do end up returning home for a month or more, she said, should quarantine in separate rooms for as much as possible for a 14-day period. If they haven’t yet returned home, she advised that it’s too late for them to partake in communal Thanksgiving celebrations, which risks spreading the virus to the rest of the family and friends.
Officials say it’s safest to keep Thanksgiving celebrations just among people in the household. For people who do intend to invite others from outside their household to gatherings, astate health ordersays such gatherings in most areas of the state must be held outside, with the host and guests coming from no more than three households, people from different households kept six feet apart from another, and everyone asked to wear masks when not eating or drinking. In L.A. County, those gatherings are capped at no more than 15 people.
COVID-19 has already killed more than double the number of people in L.A. County than died from the flu in the last cold-and-flu season. “This should serve as a severe demonstration of how much more dangerous COVID-19 is than the flu,” L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said Thursday.
Last week, Los Angeles County issued an advisory urging people to stay home as much as possible for the next two to three weeks. On Friday, a new health order went into effect that ordered nonessential businesses and restaurants with outdoor dining areas to shut their doors to the public between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.; although takeout and delivery services may continue during those overnight hours.
AdvertisementOn Saturday, California’s new limited overnight stay-at-home order went into effect in counties in the most restrictive COVID-19 tier, which covers 94% of California’s population. It’s aimed at being far less intrusive than the statewide stay-at-home order implemented in the spring, and designed to curb late-night drinking and group gatherings, where inhibitions are lowered, masks are taken off and the virus can easily spread.
The order prohibits all gatherings between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. among people from different households and all nonessential activities outside the home with people from other households.The order does allow people to leave their homes in the overnight hours to go grocery shopping, pick up takeout food, walk the dog, and work for essential businesses, which includes working for restaurants serving food for takeout and delivery.
Experts say similar government-ordered limits on late-night activity in Europe have helped drive down surges in the coronavirus there.Advertisement Read more: Los Angeles Times »
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So Christmas under lockdown Did they? This is bad. WearADamnMask please. Our hospitals and healthcare workers are overwhelmed. 😷😷😷 100% Gavin Newsom's fault. That's how we play this, right? makes me want to take a shit in the street in San Francisco Lies. Take off the mask. Testing has tripled Shocking how the intentional plan is to set up the new administration to fail. All actions taken in the past weeks are to ruin the country financially and economically. Oblivious to our despair and hunger, YOU advance a partisan agenda for your wallets. History will not be kind!
What’s the death rate? Mildly interesting. Things you can do personally to decrease the likelihood of contracting COVID-19: stay healthy… Seek your ideal weight, avoid carbs, restrict salt, exercise, take vitamin D3 5000 IU/day and vitamin C 1-2 g/day. Wear a mask. Maintain social distancing. Wash hands frequently. Pray
So has testing. Now tell us the death rate. Why doesn’t your rag learn how to report correctly? Tens of thousands of people are taking tests daily. Of course numbers will rise and most are asymptotic. The government’s mediocre response to it has tripled as well! In other news, the lines for testing are triple what they used to be.
We knew this uptick was going to happen and talked about it since last spring and so here hospitals are...unprepared. However, I watched China build 2 large auxiliary hospitals in 10 days and staff it. Cases are increasing because testing is being done on thousands of people per day - most are asymptotic. Clarify your overtly misleading narrative.
And yet LASuperiorCourt is still holding jury trials and allowing visitors into courthouses COVID 19 is the greatest hoax ever perpetuated on an unsuspecting public. COVID should be thought of as nothing more than a bad flu season. This is not Ebola, not SARS, it's politics playing medicine, and that's a very dangerous game! Take your mask and SHOVE IT!!
耶穌是主廣播電台 The Messiah is coming Global Sunday Revival Service November 22, 2020 弥赛亚来了 2020年 11月22日 直播 Obviously a stay at home order is coming this week. Please dont be so stupid that you close the parks and beaches again. Being healthy is also a pretty good defense against covid along with masks, social distancing and washing hands.
Meanwhile... elsewhere... The replies alone have made me lost all hope that the US will ever beat this Y’all be happy to hear that Newsom and I are safe. We both escaped to Hawaii for the holiday. I probably won’t get to do as much back slapping and glad-handing as ol Gavin but few are as blessed as he is
How about a treatment for the patients on ventilators in the icu? aviptadil saves lives! So many sick northropgrumman they can't keep up. No word back on how they plan to keep my loved ones working there safer. So far what they're doing isn't working. More good news please((( it's not as critical as ay think
During the summertime surge, which led to California’s worst COVID-19 death toll, the average daily number of coronavirus cases over a 7-day period never exceeded 10,000. California is now averaging more than 11,500 new cases a day over the last 7 days. It’s terrible these days. Coronavirus is a biological weapon used by Mongolia around the world! Coronavirus used by Mongolia in my home!
WEAR A F***ING MASK! Even when you go to bed, when you take a shower!!! snowflakes pansies fruitcakes Obey your master, the master of fraud GavinNewsom No evidence that masks: reduce spread !!!!!! Dangerous for children , medically compromised, !!!!! Lies The PCR test is a lie. Most aren't sick or infectious
Draconian measures won’t stop the spread of a virus as nature intended. Unless of course the virus is man made. Maybe a mix of both? 'Daily California coronavirus cases triple as pandemic dramatically worsens' A Summer of restrictions has accomplished virtually nothing. More good news please((( We have to wear a mask in California. Aren't they working?
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