Los Angeles (CBSLA) – For the second consecutive day, a new daily record of 148 new coronavirus deaths was set in Los Angeles County on Christmas Eve.

Elizabeth Kolliker, Chief Critical Care Nurse, is investigating nurses and patients in the Intensive Care Unit at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Centre in Colton on 23 December 2020. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles County Department of Health also reported 13,678 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 677,299 and the number of deaths to 9,299.

As of Wednesday, 145 deaths from the disease have been reported in Los Angeles County.

Of the 148 new deaths reported, 51 were over 80 years old, 45 between 65 and 79 years old, 28 between 50 and 64 years old, 11 between 30 and 49 years old and one between 18 and 29 years old. Ninety-six of them had an underlying medical problem.

Currently, one person dies from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County every 10 minutes, and since many of these deaths are preventable, we need to focus our collective attention on making the right choices to save lives, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, County Health Director. I hope that each of us will find the strength and courage to take responsibility for the well-being of the other. Follow the public health guidelines. These are the only tools that work at the moment.

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Health care officials also reported that 6,499 patients were hospitalized for COPID-19, which is also a record. 20% of this was treated in intensive care. In the past week, the number of patients admitted to hospital has increased by more than 1,600.

In addition, two more cases of multisystemic inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) were reported on Thursday, bringing the total number of MIS-C cases in Los Angeles province to 51, including one child who died.

And while the vast majority of patients are in critical condition, medical staff also suffer.

I can’t give my colleagues a licence because my colleagues usually cry and they need my shoulder to continue crying, said an old ER nurse who spoke to the CBSLA but didn’t want to be identified.

The pressure to keep up with the alarming increase in the number of cases places an immeasurable burden on the shoulders of healthcare workers.

It’s traumatic, but it’s also sadness. It’s fear, panic, fear, says Dr. Hoda Abu-Ziab, a clinical psychologist at UCLA Medical Center.

She said that doctors and nurses made an effort to provide psychological support before surgery. But right now, we don’t have time.

What worries me is the future, she said. What will our doctors, nurses and first line staff look like once we are through this crisis?

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has also announced that it will spend more than $10 million on personal protective equipment. The government has also allocated $500,000 to qualified care facilities, retirement homes, adult care centers, alcohol and drug abuse centers, housing support programs, and antiviolence agencies.

With test results available to more than 4.5 million people, total positivity increased to 14%.

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