Southern California Spike Pushes COVID-19 Patients To Bay Area Hospitals

Holly Quan
July 06, 2020 - 10:00 am

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    Hospitals in Southern California are filling so quickly with coronavirus patients that some are being transferred to the Bay Area.

    On Sunday, L.A. County reported a four-day total of 7,200 new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths. Of those cases, 3,200 were reported on Friday alone, the county's highest daily total so far.  

    Hospitalizations jumped 41% in the county in the last three weeks, over one-fourth of them in the ICU.  

    With L.A. officials warning that they could run out of intensive care beds in the next few week, places such as UCSF Health and Stanford Hospital are taking some of the overflow.  

    “If you’re 25 years old, you don’t get a free pass,” Dr. George Rutherford, director of UCSF's Prevention and Public Health group, said. “The ICUs in Houston are filled up w 20 to 40-year-olds. This is not something that you want to just get and get over with. This is something to avoid.” 

    Dr. Rutherford also expressed concerned about Marin County, which was put on the state's watch list over the weekend. He said he’s keeping an eye on the nearly 1,400 case outbreak at San Quentin, where a fifth death row inmate died on Saturday.  

    While some prisoners have been sent to local hospitals, officials said a 160-bed mobile-hospital is supposed to be on prison grounds this week.