‘Irresponsible’ actions alarm Ventura Co well being officers



Well being officers in Ventura County say events, indoor church companies and youth sports activities occasions at the moment banned amid COVID-19 restrictions are persevering with, hindering the county’s capability to struggle the spreading coronavirus.

The county’s intensive care unit capability has dropped to 1%, and COVID-19 hospitalizations have damaged information for 10 consecutive days. On Sunday, 181 COVID-19 sufferers have been within the county’s hospitals, 72% greater than the height of the July surge.

“The numbers are attending to be astronomical,” stated county well being officer Dr. Robert Levin. “Individuals are going to die that don’t must die.”

Two weekends in the past, there have been some 80 soccer gamers gathered at a park in Simi Valley. Sports activities tournaments are occurring in different counties involving volleyball and baseball gamers, and in these conditions, individuals weren’t carrying masks, Levin stated. Some church companies are additionally nonetheless being held indoors in violation of the state guidelines, with worshipers generally sitting shoulder to shoulder.

Out of doors sports activities have been a problem elsewhere too. A youth basketball league in Silicon Valley is on the middle of a coronavirus outbreak that has contaminated greater than 75 individuals.

On the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, there was a report of lots of of individuals gathering to sing Christmas carols, many with out masks, Levin stated. And he’s heard of events of as much as 200 individuals attending drive-in live shows — organized expressly to permit for social distancing — solely to get out of their vehicles.

Singing is an especially high-risk exercise and has been documented to unfold the coronavirus. One choir follow left dozens infected and two individuals useless in Washington state.

“What’s comprehensible about this?” a pissed off Levin stated at a news conference. “None of those justifications are acceptable within the face of the pandemic. All of us have to be working collectively, identical to we might be combating any conflict.

“It’s incomprehensible to me, it’s baffling. It’s additionally irresponsible,” he stated. “COVID is working so rampant in our county that one out of each 10 COVID take a look at that we run are constructive.

“It’s too straightforward to run into somebody with COVID these days and never know you’re being uncovered.

There at the moment are 49 outbreaks at long-term care services in Ventura County.

Dr. Mark Lepore, an intensive care doctor at Ventura County Medical Middle, stated he expects the county to exceed hospital capability, “and what exceeding capability seems to be like is displaying as much as the hospital and never having a room to enter or not having a employees member to deal with you.”

“The toughest half about caring for COVID … it’s the dearth of households having the ability to see their family members, and it’s horrible to observe,” Lepore stated. “It’s how gradual and insidious the COVID is that it hits the physique. You’ve gotten signs for the primary eight or so days, and then you definitely simply don’t get better.”

Perhaps the fever goes away, however the shortness of breath can final till the tip. “We’ve needed to inform relations that their family members will not be coming residence, and it’s terrible,” Lepore stated.

He urged individuals to keep away from gathering for Christmas: “Simply inform them you’ll see them subsequent Christmas. That is that essential: We don’t need your loved ones members to get sick and never be capable to get care.”