The mayor of Los Angeles called the coronavirus crisis the “greatest threat to life” the city has ever faced — as the City of Angels grapples with a surge in new cases.
Mayor Eric Garcetti warned that projections suggest Los Angeles County could see another 3,000 deaths from the pandemic by the end of the month, likening it to a “decade of homicides.”
“This is the greatest threat to life in Los Angeles that we have ever faced,” the mayor said at a briefing Friday.
“The threat of COVID-19 is real. It’s never been more dangerous, and the consequences are devastating,” he said, calling it “mission-critical” to control the spread.
He called the “stark” rise in infections “record-setting in a bad way,” with the county recording more positive infections last week than the entire month of October.
“Just a few weeks ago it would have been unimaginable, and we’re on the verge of 10,000 cases daily,” he warned, saying there will soon be “more cases than we have hospital beds.”
“We are perilously close to running out of intensive care units or ICU beds,” he said, noting that other seriously sick patients would be competing for the same beds and unable to get care, adding to the deaths.
LA county did indeed pass 10,000 cases after the mayor’s grim prediction, with 10,528 new cases reported Sunday — and a record 2,988 patients hospitalized, the Los Angeles Times noted.
LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer predicted there would soon be 4,000 daily hospitalizations.
“I am positive that we haven’t seen the full increases in our case numbers associated with the Thanksgiving holiday, just based on the timeline,” Ferrer told the LA Times.
“We’re going to see three weeks of devastation before we’ll be able to assess the impact,” she said.