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California coronavirus lockdowns extended as hospitals teeter on brink of crisis By Reuters

California coronavirus lockdowns extended as hospitals teeter on brink of crisis By Reuters
California coronavirus lockdowns extended as hospitals teeter on brink of crisis

People line up at Dodger Stadium as post-Christmas COVID-19 testing resumes in Los Angeles p LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Strict stay-at-home orders were renewed indefinitely on Tuesday for much of California, a leading U.Mark Ghaly said Los Angeles County, the most populous county, has been particularly hard hit by weeks of surging infections and hospitalizations.The stay-at-home orders, among the strictest in the United States, are also being renewed in the agricultural heartland of the San Joaquin Valley, whose hospital ICUs have likewise remained for weeks with little or no bed space to spare.Residents under stay-at-home orders are required for the time being to remain largely indoors and avoid travel, except as necessary for permitted activities such as grocery shopping, medical appointments, individual outdoor exercise and dog walks.

Tough restrictions imposed earlier this month on social and economic life were extended in densely populated Southern California - home to more than half of the state's 40 million people - based on data showing intensive care units there likely to stay filled at or near capacity for weeks to come.However, he added, "some hospitals in Southern California have put in place some practices that would be part of crisis care," such as weighing "the effectiveness of certain treatments for certain patients who are unlikely to survive, or do well.

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