The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations reached its highest level in Los Angeles this weekend since the pandemic began, as 15 children, most of them Latino, were diagnosed with a rare and potentially fatal inflammatory syndrome.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported Sunday that 2,216 people were in the hospital for the virus, up from 2,193 on July 15.
Of those boarding schools, 26% are in intensive care and 19% with a ventilator.
“We continue to reach troubling milestones,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, said in a statement. “Right now, young adults are being hospitalized at a rate never seen before.”
“No matter how young you are, you are vulnerable to this virus.”
Authorities said more than half of the 2,848 new cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday were people under the age of 41.
This spike in the number of cases is recorded after 15 children were diagnosed last week with the MISC-C inflammatory syndrome, linked to the virus.
73% of patients are Latino, according to official figures.
MISC-C is a condition that causes inflammation in different parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, and gastrointestinal organs.
So far there have been six deaths related to the syndrome across the country, according to official figures.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Sunday that the city was “on the verge” of a new confinement order due to the alarming numbers, so he implored citizens to take precautionary measures such as wearing the mask. and social distancing.
He also acknowledged that the state of California lifted the virus-related restrictions too soon.
“I think a lot of people don’t understand that mayors often have no control over what opens and what doesn’t, which is more at the state or county level, and I agree that this (reopening of business) happened too quickly,” he said. Garcetti to CNN on Sunday.
“It’s not just about what opens and closes, but also what we do individually,” he continued. “These are the people who gather outside their homes,” who “might think that because they had a test two weeks ago, that’s fine, but it’s not.”