COVID-19 Patients Flood Hospitals: Emergency Rooms, ICUs Overwhelmed

Share this article:A nurse assists a coronavirus patient in an intensive care unit in Los Angeles. Image from LA County video COVID-19 patients are continuing to flood Los Angeles County hospitals, mirroring a regional and statewide surge that threatens to overwhelm emergency departments and intensive-care units. The dramatic coronavirus surge — which on Wednesday saw Los Angeles County set daily records for new cases and deaths and overall hospitalizations — has health officials continuing their plea for residents to heed warnings to avoid gatherings and continue social distancing and mask-wearing. “Based on the science of transmission of COVID-19, the devastation we are experiencing now is due to people who were unknowingly infected with the virus being in close or direct contact with another person or group long enough to infect them,” county Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said. “It may have occurred at work or when they traveled or visited with people outside their homes who they don’t live with over the holidays, either here in the county or in another county or another state or another country. “The science of COVID-19 transmission also indicates…

Riverside County ties coronavirus death record set two days ago

Riverside County saw another big jump in the number of daily reported coronavirus cases on Thursday, Dec. 17, and continued to see an increase in pandemic-related deaths. The county reported 8,205 new daily cases Thursday, the second-highest daily increase ever since the 10,949 cases reported Dec. 8. Officials also recorded 42 deaths Thursday, which ties a record set Tuesday, Dec. 15, for most number of deaths in one day. The county reported 157 deaths over the past week, the highest-ever weekly total for fatalities related to COVID-19. The county also saw the biggest-ever increase in new cases over a two-week period. New cases increased by 46,021 or about 53% compared two two weeks ago. The number of people hospitalized and in intensive care units in the county also continued to rise. On Thursday, 1,054 were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 216 patients were in the ICU — on a day when ICU availability plummeted to 0%. Here are the numbers as of Thursday, Dec. 17, according to state and county public health officials. Riverside County Confirmed cases: 132,818 total, up 8,205 from Wednesday, Dec. 16, averaging…

Felon Arrested During Traffic Stop For Possessing Gun, Ammunition

PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) – A man was arrested over the weekend for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition. In the early morning hours of December 13, a couple of Placer County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol saw a sports car traveling at a high rate of speed on southbound Highway 65, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies pulled the vehicle over on westbound Interstate 80 and made contact with the driver, who they found out, was on searchable probation. They searched the vehicle and found a 9mm handgun behind one of the seats. Deputies learned that it belonged to a passenger, 32-year-old Eric Larone Walker, of Richmond, who is a convicted felon unable to have a gun. Walker was arrested and booked into the South Placer Jail for being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. More from CBS Sacramento: Former EDD Employee In Roseville Charged In California’s Unemployment Fraud Investigation Police Arrest Elk Grove Man Accused Of Spray-Painting Hate Speech On Restaurant Turlock Man Named ‘Primary Supplier’ In Alleged Drug Ring Among Major North…

1 In 5 Inmates In US Has Had COVID, 1,700 Have Died

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One in every five state and federal prisoners in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus, a rate more than four times as high as the general population. In some states, more than half of prisoners have been infected, according to data collected by The Associated Press and The Marshall Project. As the pandemic enters its 10th month — and as the first Americans begin to receive a long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine — at least 275,000 prisoners have been infected, more than 1,700 have died and the spread of the virus behind bars shows no sign of slowing. New cases in prisons this week reached their highest level since testing began in the spring, far outstripping previous peaks in April and August. “That number is a vast undercount,” said Homer Venters, the former chief medical officer at New York’s Rikers Island jail complex. Venters has conducted more than a dozen court-ordered COVID-19 prison inspections around the country. “I still encounter prisons and jails where, when people get sick, not only are they not tested but they don’t receive care.…

Den. Dianne Feinstein Says She Hasn’t Considered Leaving Senate Early

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said this week she hasn’t thought about retiring before her term ends in 2024 and defended herself against criticism of her job performance and questions about her age. “I don’t feel my cognitive abilities have diminished,” Feinstein told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Thursday. “Do I forget something sometimes? Quite possibly.” At 87, Feinstein is the Senate’s oldest member. In 2018 she won reelection for another six-year term, defeating Democratic challenger Kevin de Leon, who ran on a more liberal platform. The debate over Feinstein’s approach to politics renewed this fall during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Several news outlets have also reported on questions about Feinstein’s memory and mental faculty given her age. Her term runs through 2024, but some observers have raised the possibility of her retiring early, giving Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom a chance to appoint a successor. He’s currently weighing who to appoint to fill the rest of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ term, which runs through 2022. More from CBS Sacramento: Man’s Missing Ankle Monitor…

Rancho Cordova Home Burglarized Twice In One Week; Suspect Arrested

RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – A Rancho Cordova man is accused of burglarizing the same home twice and stealing the residents’ car, authorities said on Thursday. Richard Hughley, 37, was arrested on Wednesday and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail, according to the Rancho Cordova Police Department. Rancho Cordova police said officers received a report Wednesday of a burglary occurring in the Sunriver neighborhood. The victims said several items were taken and their home ransacked while alerting officers that the suspect was possibly still near a back fence. Hughley was spotted running in an alleyway and was later arrested when he was found hiding in the garage rafters of a vacant home, police said. The victims also told police their home was burglarized a week prior and their car was stolen at the same time. Rancho Cordova police said they located the victims’ stolen vehicle nearby as well as the victims’ property stolen in both burglaries. More from CBS Sacramento: Man’s Missing Ankle Monitor Leads Calaveras County Authorities To Stolen Copper Wire Motion Filed To Question Gov. Newsom Over COVID-19 Response Man Pays Taco Bell…

COVID-19 continues to threaten hospital capacity as numbers keep growing

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County public health officials reported 2,604 COVID-19 infections and 22 deaths Thursday, as hospitalizations continued to set records and restaurants appeared poised to reopen. Thursday marked the third-highest daily total cases, after Dec. 11th’s 2,867 and Wednesday’s 2,807. Thursday was the 17th consecutive day with more than 1,000 cases and the 10th day overall with more than 2,000 new cases. The county’s cumulative case total has risen to 116,852 and the death toll has risen to 1,239. Despite these climbing numbers, a San Diego County judge ruled late Wednesday that all San Diego County restaurants and businesses with restaurant service are exempted from enforcement of California’s regional COVID-19 stay-at- home order. San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil granted a preliminary injunction then that allowed a pair of San Diego strip clubs — Cheetahs Gentlemen’s Club and Pacers Showgirls International — to remain open amid COVID-19 restrictions, as well as “San Diego County businesses with restaurant service … subject to protocols that are no greater than is essential to further defendants’ response to control the spread of Covid.”…

Pence, wife Karen, surgeon general get COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. He celebrated the shot as “a medical miracle” that could eventually contain the raging coronavirus pandemic. Pence, the highest profile official yet to receive the vaccine, has taken an increasingly visible role in highlighting the safety of the shot, including touring a vaccine production facility this week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both said Thursday that they will get vaccinated in the next few days. President-elect Joe Biden expects to receive his shot as soon as next week. “The American people can be confident: we have one and perhaps within hours two” safe vaccines,” Pence said after being injected with Pfizer-BioNTech’s shot and, referring to expected FDA approval for Moderna’s vaccine. “Building confidence in the vaccine is what brings us here this morning,” he added. Pence’s wife Karen and Surgeon General Jerome Adams also received shots during the televised White House event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Adams, who is Black, emphasized the “the…

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