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What follows is not the whole chart, but just the top end of it:

Cases and mortality by country

Belgium 634,904 19,038 3.0% 166.68
San Marino 2,231 56 2.5% 165.75
Slovenia 112,021 2,479 2.2% 119.91
Italy 2,009,317 70,900 3.5% 117.32
Bosnia and Herzegovina 108,298 3,878 3.6% 116.67
Peru 1,000,153 37,218 3.7% 116.35
North Macedonia 80,407 2,375 3.0% 114.02
Andorra 7,699 83 1.1% 107.78
Spain 1,854,951 49,824 2.7% 106.64
United Kingdom 2,195,144 69,732 3.2% 104.88
Montenegro 45,423 648 1.4% 104.12
Czechia 660,461 10,776 1.6% 101.41
United States 18,650,454 329,023 1.8% 100.57
Bulgaria 196,658 7,023 3.6% 99.98
Mexico 1,362,564 121,172 8.9% 96.02
Argentina 1,563,865 42,314 2.7% 95.10
France 2,584,333 62,389 2.4% 93.14
Armenia 156,142 2,714 1.7% 91.94
Brazil 7,423,945 189,982 2.6% 90.70
Hungary 311,554 8,729 2.8% 89.36
Panama 223,674 3,715 1.7% 88.94
Chile 594,152 16,303 2.7% 87.05
Croatia 202,319 3,464 1.7% 84.71
Colombia 1,559,766 41,454 2.7% 83.49
Switzerland 428,197 7,098 1.7% 83.34
Ecuador 208,010 13,977 6.7% 81.81
Sweden 396,048 8,279 2.1% 81.30
Moldova 139,435 2,848 2.0% 80.32
Bolivia 153,121 9,076 5.9% 79.94
Liechtenstein 1,920 30 1.6% 79.13
Romania 608,561 14,912 2.5% 76.57
Luxembourg 45,209 458 1.0% 75.36
Poland 1,239,998 26,752 2.2% 70.44
Kosovo 49,440 1,274 2.6% 69.04
Iran 1,183,182 54,308 4.6% 66.39
Austria 347,204 5,745 1.7% 64.94
Netherlands 743,493 10,914 1.5% 63.34
Portugal 387,636 6,413 1.7% 62.37
Georgia 216,843 2,276 1.0% 61.00
Belize 10,490 228 2.2% 59.52
Ireland 83,073 2,192 2.6% 45.16
South Africa 968,563 25,983 2.7% 44.97
Bahamas 7,788 169 2.2% 43.82
Lithuania 123,889 1,186 1.0% 42.52
Malta 12,062 203 1.7% 41.98
Costa Rica 162,990 2,086 1.3% 41.72
Greece 134,235 4,457 3.3% 41.55
Serbia 316,344 2,882 0.9% 41.28


Updated with figures from 12-24-2020.

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Are the orange bar charts from different weeks?  The middle one seems to include a lot more countries....putting U.S. further down...  Well not actually further down.  The percentage per 100k is the same but there are more countries included that have  a higher percentage than U.S. in the middle chart.


Some are small countries.....not good to see like Bosnia and H so high.  Their population is not much over 3 million. 


MtRider  :sigh:   ...can we be done now?  :pray:  

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I've been checking our county numbers periodically and the numbers have appeared to jump recently.  Yet, thankfully, the hospital and death rates have dropped. More testing? Perhaps.  I know a lot more people who have or have had it without the serious side affects including my DS who has very bad lungs to begin with. He's sure he had it early in the year before they started testing and though he hasn't been tested this time he's been around two people who DID test positive for it (one is in the hospital with it) and around no one else.  He has all the same symptoms but the symptoms are similar to the flu.  It's possible the people who tested positive could have had both??? and he just got the flu????   We can only hope.  DH and I are still being extremely cautious. 


Stay well everyone. 

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Turns out Russia's numbers were roughly triple what they'd been reporting.  Try right around Eight million, putting them right under India.


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It was on the news just a while ago that they are going to do an audit of how many deaths occurred from Corvid. Seems they really were counting people that died from other illnesses and did not have the corvid virus. will have to wait to see what will happen on that. If it is true then as usual the news is fake and lying to us on every count.

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Cumulative cases reported by country

20,043,565 US
10,286,709 India
7,675,973 Brazil
3,153,960 Russia (before tripling)
2,677,871 France
2,549,688 United Kingdom
2,220,855 Turkey
2,129,376 Italy
1,928,265 Spain
1,761,806 Germany
1,642,775 Colombia
1,625,514 Argentina
1,426,094 Mexico
1,305,774 Poland
1,231,429 Iran
1,096,855 Ukraine
1,057,161 South Africa
1,015,137 Peru
808,382 Netherlands
751,270 Indonesia
732,022 Czechia
646,496 Belgium
636,201 Romania
612,564 Chile
596,193 Iraq
584,996 Canada
514,500 Bangladesh
482,178 Pakistan
475,820 Philippines
452,296 Switzerland
440,970 Morocco
437,379 Sweden
428,510 Israel
420,629 Portugal
362,911 Austria
362,878 Saudi Arabia
339,997 Serbia
325,278 Hungary
295,765 Jordan
261,019 Nepal
246,790 Panama
239,038 Japan
228,410 Georgia
219,041 Azerbaijan
213,378 Ecuador
212,007 Croatia
209,678 United Arab Emirates
202,266 Bulgaria
201,313 Kazakhstan
196,223 Belarus
184,508 Slovakia
183,888 Lebanon
172,218 Dominican Republic
169,321 Costa Rica
166,567 Denmark
160,124 Bolivia
159,738 Armenia
150,869 Kuwait
145,258 Moldova
144,042 Qatar
143,903 Lithuania
140,557 Tunisia
139,447 Greece
139,223 West Bank and Gaza
138,236 Guatemala
138,062 Egypt
128,867 Oman
125,042 Burma
124,652 Ethiopia
123,950 Slovenia
122,763 Honduras
115,078 Malaysia
113,558 Venezuela
112,143 Bosnia and Herzegovina
107,932 Paraguay
100,744 Libya
99,610 Algeria
96,614 Kenya
96,005 China
93,532 Ireland
92,675 Bahrain
87,607 Nigeria
83,743 North Macedonia
81,156 Kyrgyzstan
77,126 Uzbekistan
61,769 Korea, South
58,629 Singapore
58,316 Albania
54,771 Ghana
51,526 Afghanistan
51,144 Kosovo
49,803 Norway
48,247 Montenegro
46,415 Luxembourg
45,960 El Salvador
43,856 Sri Lanka
41,615 Latvia
36,403 Finland
35,511 Uganda
28,427 Australia
28,406 Estonia
26,277 Cameroon
23,941 Namibia
23,316 Sudan
22,563 Cote d'Ivoire
22,019 Cyprus
20,997 Zambia
19,364 Senegal
19,119 Uruguay
18,794 Mozambique
17,714 Madagascar
17,658 Congo (Kinshasa)
17,553 Angola
14,805 Botswana
14,581 Mauritania
13,867 Zimbabwe
13,804 Maldives
13,738 Guinea
13,296 Tajikistan
12,915 Jamaica
12,909 Malta
12,056 Cuba
11,872 Cabo Verde
11,434 Syria
10,776 Belize
10,015 Haiti
9,571 Gabon
9,358 Eswatini
8,383 Rwanda
8,117 Andorra
7,871 Bahamas
7,163 Thailand
7,150 Trinidad and Tobago
7,107 Congo (Brazzaville)
7,090 Mali
6,707 Burkina Faso
6,684 Malawi
6,332 Guyana
6,210 Suriname
6,046 Nicaragua
5,831 Djibouti
5,754 Iceland
5,277 Equatorial Guinea
4,963 Central African Republic
4,714 Somalia
3,800 Gambia
3,633 Togo
3,558 South Sudan
3,323 Niger
3,251 Benin
3,206 Lesotho
2,635 Sierra Leone
2,452 Guinea-Bissau
2,428 San Marino
2,175 Liechtenstein
2,162 New Zealand
2,113 Chad
2,099 Yemen
1,779 Liberia
1,474 Vietnam
1,252 Eritrea
1,220 Mongolia
1,022 Sao Tome and Principe
875 Monaco
823 Comoros
822 Burundi
780 Papua New Guinea
712 Diamond Princess
689 Bhutan
527 Mauritius
509 Tanzania
383 Barbados
378 Cambodia
353 Saint Lucia
275 Seychelles
159 Antigua and Barbuda
157 Brunei
127 Grenada
121 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
88 Dominica
49 Fiji
44 Timor-Leste
41 Laos
32 Saint Kitts and Nevis
27 Holy See
17 Solomon Islands
4 Marshall Islands
2 Samoa
1 Vanuatu


States/Provinces reporting high numbers

2,297,336 California US

2,190,702 England United Kingdom

1,932,112  Maharashtra India

1,766,791 Texas US

1,462,297 Sao Paulo Brazil

1,323,315  Florida US

995,816 New York US

963,389 Illinois US

919,496 cases Karnataka India

882,286 cases Andhra Pradesh India

818,014 cases Tamil Nadu India

815,676 cases Moscow Russia

760,933 cases Kerala India

700,380 cases Ohio US

666,452 cases Georgia US

652,091 cases Pennsylvania US

625,369 cases Delhi India

586,802 cases Tennessee US

585,902 cases Uttar Pradesh India

552,063 cases West Bengal India

542,909 cases Minas Gerais Brazil

539,545 cases North Carolina US

528,621 cases Michigan US

520,438 cases Wisconsin US

520,207 cases  Arizona US

517,773 cases Indiana US

493,400 cases Bahia Brazil

492,583 cases Santa Catarina Brazil

482,861 cases New Jersey US

481,959 cases Lombardia Italy

471,155 cases Capital District Colombia

449,674 cases Rio Grande do Sul Brazil

449,514 cases Lima Peru

434,648 cases Rio de Janeiro Brazil

416,566 cases Parana Brazil

415,302 cases Minnesota US

407,477 cases Missouri US


State/Territory Cases in Last 7 Days
California 254,066
Texas 100,989
Florida 69,941
New York* 50,283
Pennsylvania 50,177
Georgia 46,453
Ohio 45,926
Tennessee 39,569
Arizona 39,216
Illinois 37,310
North Carolina 30,616
Massachusetts 29,906
New York City* 29,572
Indiana 28,479
New Jersey 27,126
Virginia 25,669
Alabama 22,251
South Carolina 21,245
Oklahoma 21,074
Michigan 20,172
Louisiana 17,295
Maryland 15,934
Wisconsin 15,783
Missouri 15,276
Kentucky 14,982
Arkansas 14,489
Colorado 14,359
Utah 14,243
Mississippi 13,160
Connecticut 12,958
Kansas 12,744
Nevada 12,632
Washington 12,128
Minnesota 10,588
West Virginia 8,289
New Mexico 7,944
Iowa 7,651
Oregon 6,290
Rhode Island 5,883
Idaho 5,879
Nebraska 5,635
Puerto Rico 5,483
New Hampshire 4,730
Delaware 4,361
Maine 2,962
Montana 2,778
South Dakota 2,680
Alaska 1,605
North Dakota 1,547
District of Columbia 1,532
Wyoming 1,469
Hawaii 667
Vermont 596
Virgin Islands 64
Guam 42
Northern Mariana Islands 4


State/Territory Average Daily Cases per 100k in Last 7 Days
California 91.9
Tennessee 82.8
Rhode Island 79.3
Arizona 77
Oklahoma 76.1
Arkansas 68.6
West Virginia 66.1
New York* 65
Alabama 64.8
Delaware 64
Utah 63.5
Mississippi 63.2
Georgia 62.5
Kansas 62.5
Massachusetts 62
Indiana 60.4
South Carolina 59
Nevada 58.6
Ohio 56.1
Pennsylvania 56
New Mexico 54.1
Louisiana 53.2
Connecticut 51.9
New York City* 50.3
Texas 49.8
New Hampshire 49.7
Kentucky 47.9
Idaho 47
Florida 46.5
New Jersey 43.6
South Dakota 43.3
Virginia 43
Illinois 42.1
North Carolina 41.7
Nebraska 41.6
Wisconsin 38.7
Maryland 37.7
Montana 37.1
Wyoming 36.3
Colorado 35.6
Missouri 35.6
Iowa 34.6
Maine 31.5
Alaska 31.3
District of Columbia 31
North Dakota 29
Michigan 28.9
Minnesota 26.8
Puerto Rico 24.5
Washington 22.8
Oregon 21.3
Vermont 13.6
Virgin Islands 8.7
Hawaii 6.7
Guam 3.6
Northern Mariana Islands 1


State/Territory Total Deaths Confirmed Probable
Texas 27,088 N/A N/A
New York City* 25,144 20,332 4,812
California 24,958 N/A N/A
Florida 21,546 N/A N/A
New Jersey 18,952 16,931 2,021
Illinois 17,811 16,357 1,454
Pennsylvania 15,672 N/A N/A
Michigan 13,018 12,333 685
New York* 12,466 N/A N/A
Massachusetts 12,284 12,076 208
Georgia 10,846 9,808 1,038
Ohio 8,855 8,009 846
Arizona 8,718 7,892 826
Indiana 8,160 7,812 348
Louisiana 7,448 7,078 370
Tennessee 6,810 5,923 887
North Carolina 6,729 6,325 404
Connecticut 5,964 4,828 1,136
Maryland 5,895 5,727 168
Missouri 5,491 N/A N/A
Minnesota 5,321 5,100 221
South Carolina 5,249 4,846 403
Wisconsin 5,192 4,818 374
Virginia 5,032 4,437 595
Mississippi 4,787 3,825 962
Alabama 4,774 4,174 600
Colorado 4,750 4,111 639
Iowa 3,822 N/A N/A
Arkansas 3,637 N/A N/A
Washington 3,420 N/A N/A
Nevada 3,066 N/A N/A
Kansas 2,741 N/A N/A
Kentucky 2,623 2,446 177
Oklahoma 2,496 2,332 164
New Mexico 2,436 N/A N/A
Rhode Island 1,777 N/A N/A
Nebraska 1,611 N/A N/A
Puerto Rico 1,503 1,243 260
Oregon 1,468 1,453 15
South Dakota 1,464 1,186 278
Idaho 1,403 1,240 163
West Virginia 1,318 N/A N/A
North Dakota 1,292 N/A N/A
Utah 1,256 1,233 23
Montana 950 950 0
Delaware 921 819 102
District of Columbia 780 N/A N/A
New Hampshire 741 N/A N/A
Wyoming 405 405 0
Maine 344 339 5
Hawaii 283 N/A N/A
Alaska 202 N/A N/A
Vermont 134 N/A N/A
Guam 121 N/A N/A
Virgin Islands 23 N/A N/A
Northern Mariana Islands 2 2 0
American Samoa 0 N/A N/A
Federated States of Micronesia 0 N/A N/A
Palau 0 N/A N/A
Republic of Marshall Islands 0 N/A N/A


State/Territory Deaths in Last 7 Days
California 1,674
Pennsylvania 1,230
Texas 1,188
Illinois 969
Florida 672
New York* 654
Michigan 603
Arizona 539
Indiana 515
Ohio 494
New Jersey 486
Massachusetts 446
Tennessee 430
Georgia 327
New York City* 301
Minnesota 291
Colorado 288
Maryland 268
Arkansas 261
Washington 258
North Carolina 249
Virginia 241
Wisconsin 239
Missouri 236
Kansas 234
Mississippi 231
Connecticut 228
Louisiana 222
South Carolina 221
Oklahoma 205
Nevada 195
New Mexico 193
Alabama 187
Kentucky 157
Iowa 154
West Virginia 124
Puerto Rico 80
Idaho 79
South Dakota 75
Rhode Island 73
Oregon 65
New Hampshire 64
Nebraska 60
Utah 60
Delaware 49
Montana 36
North Dakota 32
Wyoming 32
District of Columbia 29
Maine 27
Vermont 17
Alaska 6
American Samoa 0
Federated States of Micronesia 0
Guam 0
Hawaii 0
Northern Mariana Islands 0
Palau 0
Republic of Marshall Islands 0
Virgin Islands 0


State/Territory Deaths in Last 7 Days per 100K
Pennsylvania 1.4
New Mexico 1.3
Arkansas 1.2
Kansas 1.2
South Dakota 1.2
Arizona 1.1
Illinois 1.1
Indiana 1.1
Mississippi 1.1
Rhode Island 1
West Virginia 1
Connecticut 0.9
Massachusetts 0.9
Michigan 0.9
Nevada 0.9
New York* 0.9
Tennessee 0.9
New Jersey 0.8
Wyoming 0.8
Colorado 0.7
Delaware 0.7
Iowa 0.7
Louisiana 0.7
Minnesota 0.7
New Hampshire 0.7
Oklahoma 0.7
California 0.6
District of Columbia 0.6
Idaho 0.6
Maryland 0.6
Missouri 0.6
North Dakota 0.6
Ohio 0.6
South Carolina 0.6
Texas 0.6
Wisconsin 0.6
Alabama 0.5
Florida 0.5
Kentucky 0.5
Montana 0.5
New York City* 0.5
Washington 0.5
Georgia 0.4
Nebraska 0.4
Puerto Rico 0.4
Virginia 0.4
Vermont 0.4
Maine 0.3
North Carolina 0.3
Utah 0.3
Oregon 0.2
Alaska 0.1
American Samoa 0
Federated States of Micronesia 0
Guam 0
Hawaii 0
Northern Mariana Islands 0
Palau 0
Republic of Marshall Islands 0
Virgin Islands 0


Today's numbers, January 1, 2021.

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My Maui family attended a funeral on O'ahu.  Limit of 10 at the funeral.  Person had 10 brothers/sisters and many kids.  You can imagine how many descendants.....  But they did zoom for anyone not directly in the ceremony.  Grson a pall bearer.  SIL spoke.  They all had the up.the.nose test ....negative before they could fly home to Maui. 


Sooo different now. 


MtRider  :(  

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Patrick Sawer
Fri, January 1, 2021, 9:57 AM EST
Medics are starting to see “whole wards of children” suffering from Covid for the first time during the pandemic, a senior nurse has warned.

Laura Duffell, a matron at King’s College Hospital, London, said the new strain of Covid was affecting children and younger adults with no underlying health conditions in worrying numbers.

She said: “It’s very different. That’s what makes it so much scarier for us as doctors, nurses and porters and everyone else who is working on the front line.

“We have children who are coming in. It was minimally affecting children in the first wave... we now have a whole ward of children here and I know that some of my colleagues are in the same position, where they have a whole ward of children with Covid.”

Ms Duffel, a Royal College of Nursing branch official, described a picture of NHS hospitals close to buckling under the strain of rising numbers of Covid patients.

She told Radio 5 Live on Friday: “20 to 30 year olds with no underlying conditions are coming in. In intensive care you could have up to two or three very sick ventilated patients at the moment, which is far beyond what you should have.  Some of my colleagues across London have been looking after up to 15 adults on a Covid ward with one health care assistant supporting them, so you don’t stop.”

Senior clinicians have now warned that severe staff shortages mean there is little prospect of the Nightingale hospitals riding to the rescue of the NHS as it struggles to cope with the imminent threat of being overwhelmed by Covid patients. Consultants and nursing leaders say that high levels of nursing vacancies, coupled with high numbers of staff themselves going off sick with coronavirus or stress will make it near impossible to use the Nightingale hospitals built around the country at the start of the pandemic.

The makeshift hospitals were built at sites across England at an estimated cost of £220million, including in London, Manchester, Bristol, Sunderland, Harrogate, Exeter and Birmingham.  Of these the Exeter site received its first Covid patients in November while Manchester, Bristol and Harrogate are currently in use for non-Covid patients.

But Mike Adams, the Royal College of Nursing's England director Mike Adams said on Friday that the expectation that the Nightingale hospitals could deliver a significant increase in capacity was "misplaced".  He said: "I have real concerns that the expectation that this mass rollout in capacity can happen is misplaced because there aren't the staff to do it. If we are having to cancel leave to staff these areas, the obvious question is where will the staff come from to open the Nightingales?”

There are already one in eight nursing vacancies, with existing shortages in the type of Intensive Care Unit nurses needed to treat the most severely ill Covid patients, and recent figures showed that one in 10 Covid admissions to hospital are front line health workers - depriving the NHS of badly-needed staff.

Professor David Oliver, a trustee of the Royal College of Physicians and a senior consultant working on Covid wards, told The Telegraph: “Where are the staff going to come from for the Nightingales? The day-to day, hands-on care is carried out by nurses and health care assistants and there already aren’t enough of them.”

The warnings came as the picture across hospitals struggling to cope with a spike in Covid cases grows ever more serious, with consultants estimating that London hospitals are now operating at more than 200 per cent over capacity and even those hospitals in regions not as badly affected by the current wave working at 150 per cent over capacity.

Department of Health data shows there were 23,813 people in hospital with Covid-19 in the UK as of December 28, the most recent figures - more than at any other point during the pandemic, even during the devastating first wave in March and April.

Some 1,847 of these patients were on ventilators in intensive care units.

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Associated Press
Thu, December 31, 2020, 10:46 PM EST
Florida health authorities late Thursday reported finding evidence of the latest U.S. case of the new and apparently more contagious coronavirus strain first seen in England, saying it was detected in a man with no recent travel history.

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Colorado had the first one....also no travel history. 


Theory One.....this one might travel on "Typhoid Mary's" ???


Theory Two....someone seeding this?   :tinfoilhatsmile:


Theory Three.....we just realllly don't know anything and have to do the best we can.....  :pray:


MtRider  ....prayers for UK; prayers for all medical staff  :(  

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The funeral home my family always uses is putting a tape of most of the funerals on their website. It's just the funeral and not the closing of the casket or last walk by. It's been very interesting. I've 'been' to quite a number of services. It's very uplifting. Except for the dead body in the room. 


Everyone wears a mask except anyone who is at the podium. And I can tell they are social distancing. Except when there is a military part to the service and they present the flag. You can hear taps playing outside and the gun salute. 


D-Ex thinks I'm crazy for watching them. But I've actually known four of the people. The others? Well maybe I am a little 'off'. 

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Sat, January 2, 2021:  ...Japan is considering issuing a new emergency declaration to tackle the country’s record surge in COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, new infections in the capital rose to a record 1,337 cases, and the country set a record with more than 4500 new cases.

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Ambulance crews told not to transport patients who have little chance of survival
Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money, Soumya Karlamangla, Alex Wigglesworth
Mon, January 4, 2021, 1:41 PM EST
The situation in Los Angeles County hospitals is so critical that ambulance crews have been advised to cut back on their use of oxygen and to not bring to hospitals patients who have virtually no chance of survival. Officials say they need to focus on patients with a greater chance of surviving. The measures were taken as circumstances are expected to become even worse in coming weeks, when patients sickened over the Christmas holiday will need treatment, leaving officials desperate for ways to increase capacity and triage care to focus on the sickest patients.

Already, "many hospitals have reached a point of crisis and are having to make very tough decisions about patient care," said Dr. Christina Ghaly, the L.A. County director of health services.  "The volume being seen in our hospitals still represents the cases that resulted from the Thanksgiving holiday," she added during a briefing Monday. "We do not believe that we are yet seeing the cases that stemmed from the Christmas holiday. This, sadly, and the cases from the recent New Year's holiday, is still before us, and hospitals across the region are doing everything they can to prepare."

In a sign of the strain the surge is putting on medical supplies needed for severely ill patients, the L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency issued a directive Monday that ambulance crews should conserve oxygen by administering it only to patients who have oxygen saturation levels below 90%. To reduce demand on hospitals, the agency issued memos directing ambulance staff not to transfer to hospitals most patients who have virtually no chance of survival. In pre-pandemic times, those with slim odds of pulling through were transported to the hospital, as there was capacity to accommodate even the most unlikely recovery scenarios.

Patients who are not to be transported to hospitals include those whose hearts have stopped and, despite efforts at resuscitation, have no signs of breathing, movement, a pulse or blood pressure and would be declared dead at the scene. Paramedics and emergency medical technicians are to continue to try to resuscitate in the field until a pulse can be restored, after which a patient could be stabilized and transported to a hospital.

Emergency rooms are so slammed that some patients are having to wait inside ambulances for as long as eight hours before a bed becomes available. That backlog ties up ambulances and keeps them from being able to respond to other emergency calls. To deal with the shortage, officials have devised an emergency plan to create temporary “ambulance-receiving spaces” — set up just outside the emergency room entrance and often covered by tents or canopies — to accept patients. 

A paramedic or emergency medical technician may be used to assist with monitoring up to four patients in such areas, a change from the conventional practice of having one patient monitored by one ambulance staff member. Officials say the plan allows more ambulances to leave the hospital and return to circulation.


As of Sunday, the most recent day for which complete data are available, there were 7,898 coronavirus-positive patients hospitalized countywide in Los Angeles County; 1,627 were in intensive care. Officials remain concerned that the numbers — already at all-time highs — will surge even more by the end of this week or early next week, although case reports may be lower over the next few days because fewer people were tested over the holidays.

L.A. County’s ICUs are bursting at the seams. The number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs nearly tripled in December, even as hospitals cut in half the number of ICU patients who were not coronavirus-positive. But that comes at a cost. For instance, one patient with a kidney transplant scheduled for mid-January at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center had his procedure postponed because of a lack of ICU beds. On Wednesday, of the more than 2,000 occupied ICU beds in L.A. County, 77% were used by COVID-19 patients. That's a marked increase from Dec. 1, when 37% of ICU beds had COVID-19 patients. Many hospitals are reporting their ICUs as effectively full and have been forced to treat dying patients in emergency rooms and even hallways. On Wednesday, only 25, or 1%, of the county's staffed ICU beds were available.

That same day, there were no available ICU beds in the San Gabriel Valley or southeast Los Angeles County. There were only three beds in southern L.A. County, representing less than 1% of all staffed ICU beds in a region that includes Long Beach and the South Bay. Between Christmas and Dec. 28, there were no ICU beds available in central L.A., home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center near Beverly Hills and L.A. County-USC Medical Center on the Eastside. On Dec. 26, there was only one ICU bed available on the Westside, a region that includes Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood and Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.


On Sunday, an additional 11,513 new coronavirus cases were reported in the county, according to a Times count of local health jurisdictions. Over the last three days, L.A. County has reported an average of 16,000 new coronavirus cases a day, among the highest numbers of the pandemic. An additional 85 COVID-19 deaths were reported Sunday. This follows grim numbers last week: 242 deaths on Tuesday, 262 on Wednesday, 291 on Thursday and 193 on Friday, New Year’s Day. Over the last week, the average deaths per day was 184, the highest number on record — the equivalent of a death every eight minutes.  January will be “the darkest month we will have,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Sunday.

In another worrying trend, Garcetti said, more people who do not have underlying health conditions are dying of COVID-19. Earlier in the pandemic, about 92% of those who died had preexisting health conditions; that number has dropped to about 86%, officials said.

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My oldest granddaughter lives in Gilroy, CA.  She and her DH has been working from home now for almost a year. And she said from the looks of things they will be working from home most of this year as well. She used to travel all over the world for cyber security. Now she is unable to travel because of this virus. But thankful she can work from home for what she does. 


And yes Cold and Flu season is about here.  It will just make things much worse. We are staying home as much as possible. DH only goes out to a doctor visit. He hasn't been to the market where he used to cook collards for them since the beginning of March last year. Don't think he could do that job now. So he has not been to a store or nothing. Just ER, hospital, therapy and lots of doctor visits. Things have calmed down for now and just going to spend this year working on getting his strength back. Not going to worry about this Corvid virus as there is nothing we can do but pray for those that have both gotten it and have lost their jobs and or businesses because of what is going on. I do believe things will get worse before it gets better. But I am not going to let this drag me down. I have enough to do just to keep DH up and moving to get him as well as we can. Cong. heart failure is rough. 

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:scratchhead:   Some of the article doesn't make sense to me. 


Cut back on O2 use in ambulances?????  Are they still using tanks?  There are oxygen concentrators in all shapes and sizes.  There cannot be a "shortage" since it's air.  Only a shortage of better equipment that doesn't run out of O2.  


AND....CA expects ambulance crews to diagnose?  

11 hours ago, Ambergris said:

the agency issued memos directing ambulance staff not to transfer to hospitals most patients who have virtually no chance of survival.


Not only does that go waaaay beyond reasonable expectation for the ambulance crews......If that had been the case, my dh would have been dead 30 years ago.  That crew certainly thot he had no chance.  [...course the doctors didn't think so either so his is a GOD case but....]  


If you think you need a hospital, don't wait too long...drive yourself or have family member drop you off.


Well, I'm thankful to live in a lower population density area.  My "I don't get out much" lifestyle is a good choice in this long season of plague.  But...no guarantee.  Low population also means we have one small hospital...


MtRider  :pray: 

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It's filling up this state, like water filling a boot.  Talked to a lady in one of my calls today who had buried two good friends and knew three women in her little church who are on respirators now.  She said she didn't know offhand how many people she "knew or knew of" who'd been in the hospital at least overnight.  Last week I called a man who was so sick he couldn't speak to me, and he was not the first.  I've called many people who were coughing and gasping for breath, and a few who missed the call because they were in the hospital.  The medical people say January will be the worst month, and things may start getting better after that.

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