Hospitals stretched beyond ‘reasonable limit’ as number of Covid-19 patients reaches 100,000


While Americans are eagerly awaiting coronavirus vaccines to be authorized, doctors and nurses across the US are facing a difficult truth as hospitals try to find creative ways to handle the surging number of patients that exceeds 100,000 nationwide.



a group of people in a room: FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, EMT Giselle Dorgalli, second from right, looks at a monitor while performing chest compression on a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in the emergency room at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. Amid the coronavirus resurgence, states have begun reopening field hospitals to handle an influx of sick patients that is pushing health care systems — and their workers — to the breaking point. Hospitals are bringing in mobile morgues. And funerals are once again being livestreamed or performed as drive-by affairs. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)


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FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, EMT Giselle Dorgalli, second from right, looks at a monitor while performing chest compression on a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in the emergency room at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. Amid the coronavirus resurgence, states have begun reopening field hospitals to handle an influx of sick patients that is pushing health care systems — and their workers — to the breaking point. Hospitals are bringing in mobile morgues. And funerals are once again being livestreamed or performed as drive-by affairs. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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L.A. County surpasses 400,000 coronavrius cases, hits record number of hospitalizations


Los Angeles County hit two new troubling milestones in the battle with COVID-19 on Monday, surpassing 400,000 cumulative coronavirus cases and breaking a record for COVID-19 hospitalizations.



a group of people walking down a street: Shoppers on Monday at Plaza Mexico, a mall in Lynwood. New restrictions limit malls to 20% capacity. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)


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Shoppers on Monday at Plaza Mexico, a mall in Lynwood. New restrictions limit malls to 20% capacity. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

The county surpassed its previous all-time high of 2,232 hospitalizations set on July 18. On Sunday, it posted a total of 2,316 people in its hospitals with confirmed coronavirus infections. The rate of increasing hospitalizations in L.A. County has been breathtaking: tripling from a total of 777 recorded on Halloween.

“The increases we’re seeing now are not sustainable. They’re not sustainable, because they’re gonna overwhelm not just our healthcare system, but the entire state’s healthcare system,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Monday.

She added that the county is in “the

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US number of cases 8 times bigger than reported, CDC says; AstraZeneca vaccine faces questions; WHO encourages exercise


Like pretty much everything in 2020, Thanksgiving looks a lot different due to COVID-19.

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Many are spending their first Thanksgiving alone or without loved ones. Families are turning video calls into the dinner table. Even the Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are social distancing. 

“I know the country has grown weary of the fight,” President-elect Joe Biden said in a Thanksgiving eve address urging unity. “We need to remember we’re at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other.”

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Biden gave his address a day after the U.S. reported its deadliest day since May, with more than 2,000 new fatalities due to the virus. It could get worse: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Japan hits record number of new cases again


TOKYO — Japan is scaling back on the government-backed “GoTo” campaign to encourage travel and dining out, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached a record for the third day straight on Saturday, at 2,418.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the decision at a government panel on coronavirus pandemic measures.

Stressing the need for “utmost caution,” he said the campaign’s travel discounts will no longer apply to hard-hit areas, and discounts on eating out will end temporarily.

Japan has never had a total lockdown. It has had fewer than 2,000 deaths so far related to the coronavirus. But worries have been growing about a spike in infections over the three-day weekend. Monday is Labor Thanksgiving, a national holiday.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

— Pfizer, BioNTech seek emergency use of COVID-19 shots

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Oklahoma sees record number of virus hospitalizations


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Oklahoma surged to a new high on Tuesday, a day after Gov. Kevin Stitt announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants

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UN: 870K measles cases in 2019, highest number in 23 years


The number of children sickened by measles in 2019 was the highest in 23 years, according to new data from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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UK’s R number now below one, says leading scientist


 

The unofficial data suggested the R number in the UK was 0.9 (PA)
The unofficial data suggested the R number in the UK was 0.9 (PA)

The R number has fallen below one in the UK, according to the head of the COVID Symptom Study.

Professor Tim Spector, from King’s College London, said the data they had gathered from their app, which has more than four million users, showed the R number in the UK was now 0.9.

He said the number of coronavirus infections was falling in all four nations of the UK.

If the R number has fallen below one then it means the epidemic is shrinking in the UK and daily infections will begin to fall.

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870K measles cases in 2019, highest number in 23 years


FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. The number of children sickened by measles in 2019 hit the highest caseload in 23 years, according to new data published by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a study published on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, WHO and CDC said were nearly 870,000 cases of measles last year and that the number of deaths - about 207,500 - increased by almost 50% since 2016.
FILE – In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. The number of children sickened by measles in 2019 hit the highest caseload in 23 years, according to new data published by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a study published on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, WHO and CDC said were nearly 870,000 cases of measles last year and that the number of deaths – about 207,500 – increased by almost 50% since 2016.Seth Wenig/AP

LONDON (AP) — The number of children sickened by measles in 2019 was the highest in 23 years, according to new data published by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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