The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Los Angeles reached a new record this weekend. The health authorities of the megalopolis are particularly concerned about the high rate of infection of young adults.
Los Angeles County, which represents ten million inhabitants alone, recorded 2216 patients hospitalized after contracting the new coronavirus on Sunday, against 2193 on July 15, the date of the previous record. Among the patients currently hospitalized, 26% are in an intensive care unit and 19% have been placed on a respirator, stress the health authorities.
“You are vulnerable to this virus”
“We continue to reach worrying levels,” said county director of public health Barbara Ferrer. “Right now, young adults are hospitalized at a rate never seen before,” she said, before warning this category of population. “As young as you are, you are vulnerable to this virus.”
According to official figures, more than half of 2,848 new Covid-19 cases identified on Sunday involved patients 40 years of age or younger.
The record for hospitalizations was accompanied by a series of cases of severe inflammatory syndrome affecting children. Fifteen of them were diagnosed last week after developing this multisystem inflammatory syndrome, linked to infection with the new coronavirus. Nationally, this syndrome has already caused the death of six children.
In Florida, another hotbed of the epidemic on American soil, the health crisis continued to worsen. Only 18% of the beds available in the intensive care unit remained on Monday. More than 9,500 people suffering from Covid-19 were in hospital on Monday, with more than 10,300 new cases recorded in 24 hours, and more than 5,000 deaths in total since the start of the pandemic.