According to the state, there were 2,168 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals on Sunday, including 302 in intensive care.
“There is a lot of feeling of déjà vu,” said Dr Thomas Yadegar, medical director of the intensive care unit and pulmonary service at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. “A lot of people are worried about what the next few weeks might hold for them.”
On Monday, the county public health department announced that the number of COVID pediatric patients – although still relatively small – had increased by almost 190% from December 4 to 25, with children under 4 experiencing the most strong pediatric increase.
“As students return to class, we all need to follow the public health safety measures in place to ensure our schools can safely open after winter break,” said Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer in a press release. “Because higher community transmission creates additional challenges in our schools, everyone must do their part to slow the spread of the virus.”
With the increase in pediatric hospitalizations and the resumption of in-person learning this week, parents and children are urged to take precautions in the face of increasing transmission – 16,269 new positive cases and 8 new deaths from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. See: https://t.co/BLDZOoYCrC pic.twitter.com/51fOFXWssq
– LA Public health (@lapublichealth) January 3, 2022
Meanwhile, the intensive care unit at Providence Tarzana Medical Center is starting to fill up again, according to Yadegar, but this time more doctors and nurses are falling ill.
“This morning we had a nurse who worked all last night and at the end of her shift she did a test because she wasn’t feeling well, and she was positive,” Carmen said. Verano, nurse in charge of the intensive care unit. at the Providence Tarzana medical center.
Yadegar said the majority of his patients currently being treated for a severe case of COVID are not vaccinated. The few who were vaccinated never received a booster, he said.
“I think for us it’s another layer because a lot of what we see is completely preventable and unnecessary,” Yadegar said.
The United States extended its COVID boosters on Monday, allowing additional Pfizer injections for children as young as 12 years old.
Boosters are already recommended for all ages 16 and over, and federal regulators ruled on Monday that they are also guaranteed for ages 12 to 15 once enough time has passed since their last dose. They could be available as early as Thursday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meeting on Wednesday.
The FDA also said that anyone aged 12 and over eligible for a booster can get one as early as five months after their last dose, instead of six months.
City News Service, Inc. contributed to this report.
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