Jul 01, 2020
'Things have gotten out of hand': Bay Area counties see spike in hospitalizations rate, doctors worry about COVID-19 surge
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- "It was reasonable to think of this as a California miracle, unfortunately, over the last two or three weeks, things have gotten out of hand. I think we let our guard down," says Dr. Robert Wachter, chair at UCSF Department of Medicine.
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You can see the charts that worry him, below:
ABC7 News analyzed the numbers and found that six Bay Area counties saw a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations between May 22 and June 29.
"If we continue to see some of these surges that we are seeing, there is no good reason to think we are not going to be packed with COVID-19 cases within a few weeks," he said about Bay Area hospitals.
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Here are more troubling numbers- total COVID-19 cases in the Bay Area on June 29 was almost 24,000, a 74% increase from May 29 when the numbers were at just over 13,000.
At UCSF, there are currently 20 inpatients with COVID-19, the highest number since May 5. 11 are in ICU and the numbers worry Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.
"We are right now about double where we were two weeks ago," he said. "Overnight there were a bunch of people admitted."
Dr. Chin-Hong's concern, that people are becoming less vigilant about wearing masks. He's noticing more and more young people are choosing not to wear them, he points to another recent study that shows men aren't wearing them as much as women. He says we need to get back to the same mentality we had at the height of the crisis.
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"The Bay Area was at about 80 to 90% during the height," said of people wearing masks, compared to maybe 60 to 70% currently, he added.
Dr. Chin-Hong said more needs to be done to encourage people to wear masks and to be vigilant about keeping them clean and virus-free. He suggested quarantining masks that can't be washed after every use and making sure people are educated about how to wear them.
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Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 177 New Cases Of Coronavirus, 5 New Hospitalizations
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 177 new Coronavirus cases Friday and no additional deaths.
The county-wide total now stands at 3,280 since March 14. There are 3,115 confirmed cases and 165 probable cases.
The death toll stands at 187, with 174 confirmed deaths and the remains deaths listed as probable. A probable death is when a person had not had a positive test for COVID-19.
Out of the new cases, patients are ages 6 months to 99 years old, with the median age of new patients at 29 years old.
Deaths have been in individuals ranging in age from 23-103, the youngest patients being 23 and 42 years of age. The median age of those who have died is 84.
More information on the Coronavirus pandemic:
- CDC Coronavirus Information
- CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
- Pennsylvania Department of Health Information
- Allegheny County Health Department Information
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