A STUDY published by Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Centre has said that the coronavirus death toll in California has reached 30,000.
According to the study, this marks another staggering milestone as the most populous state in United States endures the worst surge of the nearly yearlong pandemic.
The study further said that with newly confirmed infections are rising at a dizzying rate of more than a quarter-million a week a record 1,163 deaths were reported and during the weekend.
Los Angeles County is one of the epicenters and health officials there are telling residents to wear a mask even when at home if they go outside regularly and live with someone elderly or otherwise at high risk.
Health director Barbara Ferrer said the damaging impact to our families and local hospitals from this surge is the worst disaster our county has experienced for decades.
According to him, hospitalisations also have exploded in California and many hospitals are stretched to the limit. Still, California’s Governor. Gavin Newsom said there is a sliver of hope, with hospitalisations leveling off in the last week and vaccinations about to shift into a higher gear.
Mass vaccinations for thousands of medical workers will be conducted at baseball stadiums in Los Angeles and San Diego and at fairgrounds in Fresno and Sacramento. They are among cities nationwide converting huge parking lots into massive vaccination stations to ramp up inoculations after the initial rollout fell below expectations.
It will be recalled that it took California six months to record its first 10,000 deaths. But in barely a month, the total rose from 20,000 to 30,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. California ranks third nationally, behind Texas and New York, which is No. 1 with nearly 40,000 deaths.
California has deployed 88 refrigerated trailers to use as makeshift morgues mostly in hard-hit Southern California, where traditional storage space is dwindling.