Jan. 5 (UPI) — Los Angeles-area hospitals started rationing medical provides and care this week as public well being officers warned individuals to imagine that COVID-19 is “in all places.”

The Los Angeles Emergency Medical Providers Company issued a pair of memos Monday telling ambulance drivers to make use of oxygen solely in essentially the most excessive circumstances. They have been additionally instructed to not transport sufferers who’ve little likelihood of survival to space hospitals.

The directions got here because the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being reported 77 new coronavirus deaths and 9,142 new circumstances Monday bringing its general whole to 10,850 deaths and 827,498 circumstances.

The county has doubled its variety of COVID-19 circumstances in barely greater than a month because the virus spikes all through Southern California. About one in 5 individuals getting examined for the virus are constructive in Los Angeles County — a quantity that is anticipated to worsen.

As of Monday, there have been 7,697 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, 21% of which have been within the intensive care unit. In early November, there was a day by day common of 791 individuals hospitalized with the virus.

“Everybody must remember the fact that group transmission charges are so excessive that you simply run the chance of an publicity everytime you go away your home,” an announcement from the county well being division stated. “Assume this lethal, invisible virus is in all places, in search of a prepared host.”

Hospitals are so overwhelmed with sufferers this week that there is not sufficient oxygen to deal with everybody.

A number of outbreaks in Los Angeles County have been tied to work websites, notably huge field and grocery shops. Greater than 250 Costco employees have taken sick at seven areas, 402 FedEx workers at eight areas and 210 employees at Amazon services, whereas Dwelling Depot, Goal, McDonald’s, In-N-Out, Dealer Joe’s and Complete Meals reported outbreaks as effectively.

The explosion of circumstances has affected the leisure business as effectively. The SAF-AFTRA actors union agreed Sunday to suggest a brief work stoppage in Southern California, and the Grammy Awards have been postponed from Jan. 31 to presumably someday in March.