Los Angeles County, already in a devastating spike in coronavirus cases after Thanksgiving trips and gatherings, is hit by a surge in Christmas festivities.
The weekly average of new cases per day in the county, the largest in the United States, is highest at 16,193.
That’s roughly 12 times the November 1st weekly average, which was 1,347.
Though the spate of coronavirus cases has overwhelmed hospitals across the state, and Los Angeles County in particular, some Angelenos tried to celebrate the New Year at secret parties. Police dispersed more than a thousand people who attended a camp party, the Los Angeles Times reported.
According to a New York Times database, more than 21,000 people were hospitalized in California on New Year’s Day, up 26 percent from two weeks earlier.
Many intensive care units in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley have been at full or almost at full capacity for weeks. At a Los Angeles hospital late last month, arriving patients waited outside in a tent – the lobby was used to treat patients and stretchers were placed in the gift shop.
Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday the state of the virus in California had made it “natural” that orders would remain in place for the southern and central regions of the state that were due to expire.
“Unfortunately, it gets worse before it gets better,” he said, adding that emergency room care for non-Covid patients has been slowed as intensive care units struggle to cope with the onslaught caused by the wave of coronavirus cases .