SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – The Orange County Department of Health reported 3,490 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and an additional death on Thursday, bringing the state total to 138,310 cases and 1,782 deaths.

An ambulance was sent on the 16th. December spotted in front of the UCI medical center in Orange. (Photo: Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Health officials also reported a new hospitalization record: 1,893 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 – an increase of 30 from Wednesday. Of those hospitalised, 405 were treated in intensive care, which is also a pandemic.

Health officials continued to urge people to stay at home and refrain from meeting on holiday weekends, as the number of beds in intensive care in the province remained at zero.

The World Medical Center in Anaheim has set up surgical tents. And although they were empty on Thursday, they should be operational in the next few days when EMERCOM reaches its nominal capacity.

Last week was the first time I shed a tear. I have worked in very critical hospitals and have never shed a single tear, says Tavonia Ekweg, the nursing director of the hospital.

Ekwe, who hasn’t worked directly with patients for some time now, has put his gown back on now that the hospital continues to see an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients.

I have several patients in intensive care, which means they have a level of sharpness that requires individualized care, she says. But because of the number of patients in my [ER], some of my nurses take care of three, four, five, six patients at the same time in the ICU. So when I saw that my team was clearly overwhelmed, it was my responsibility as a leader to intervene and help my team.

But Ekweg isn’t the only one helping patients in the emergency room. Nurse Brian McCullough, who normally works in the hospital’s cardiology laboratory, has been temporarily appointed to treat patients with bruises.

Everyone’s on oxygen, he said. It’s an incredible amount of work. You’ll only appreciate it when you come in, you’ll see everyone moving around all day.

Despite the increase in the number of cases, residents say that they are still trying to regain a certain degree of normality during the holidays, which is not usual.

Ian Stevensen attended the divine services on Thursday evening.

There’s a requirement for masking, social distance and all protocols, so we felt safe, he said. At the same time, it provided the element to be together.

Shane Reese said his thoughts and those of his family were with all those affected by the pandemic while he was on duty.

We pray for those who really suffer in this case – people who have lost relatives, who have lost their jobs, ? – he said.

Andrew Neumer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, said he feared that this expected attack would completely overwhelm an already overstretched health care system.

It’s not like they’re marking you. There was a delay, he said. It takes 5 to 10 days from the moment you contract VIDOC until you infect another person.

Mr Neumeyer said that anyone who contracts VIDOC-19 from holiday shops and holiday events will not come to the province and will not spread the virus for several weeks.

The province’s adjusted daily rate per 100,000 inhabitants was 51.8 on Thursdays, unchanged from Wednesday, and the positive rate was unchanged at 15.2%.

An application will be made next week to help doctors and nurses track down people who have been given the vaccine so they can get the booster shot and check for side effects.

Orange County supervisor Doug Chaffee said the application will be called Otaina, after Athena, the goddess of war.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. City News Service contributed to this report).

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