"We are concerned that if people are gathering, that maybe people will see the surge in cases and that of course after the surge in cases comes the surge in hospitalizations in the next two -to -three weeks."
"It's frustrating when you're in it, lets say your twelve hour day, and then you go home and you see people out not really adhering to some of the guidelines or maybe it hasn't impacted them personally so they don't believe that it's real or as bad. And that's really frustrating because every day I see, I look into the eyes of someone that's struggling to breathe, who's struggling to get well, they want to be home with their family, so that's a big challenge making sure every understands that it is quote-unquote real."
10. Medium shot of two rooms, one patient in prone position to help breathing, one lying on back
11. Patient on ventilator lying down
12. Patient in background, oximeter and vital signs monitor in foreground
13. Patient with oxygen therapy still struggling with breathing
14. Nurse helping covid patient shift in bed
15. Rack focus from Christmas tree ornament on glass door to patient in the background
Mission Viejo, California — 22 December 2020
16. Medic and nurse well in a patient who appears to have involved in a road accident into the ER for treatment
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Jim Keany, Emergency Physician, Mission Hospital:
" So our biggest challenge is just taking care of all these patients, you know on any given day most emergency departments are already bursting at the seams."
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Jim Keany, Emergency Physician, Mission Hospital:
" So my concern really is resources, are we going to have resources to take care of our community."
19. Vital signs monitors making beeping noises in ambient sound, patient lying in ER
20. Patient in ER sleeping waiting for further treatment
21. Nurse tending to patient in gurney, putting on blood pressure cuff
California has recorded a half-million coronavirus cases in the last two weeks and in a month could be facing a once-unthinkable caseload of nearly 100,000 hospitalizations, Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week.
Newsom, himself quarantined for the second time in two months, acknowledged that a state projection model shows hospitalizations in that range and said he's likely to extend his stay-at-home order for much of the state next week.
Hospitals across Southern California are dealing with waves of new coronavirus patients after the Thanksgiving holiday and now expect many more because of family gatherings during Christmas season.
The Golden State is on the brink of reaching 2 million COVID-19 cases, the most of any state in the country.
In suburban Los Angeles, at the Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, charge nurse Jenny Carrillo described her frustration and exhaustion. She's frustrated that people on the outside of beleaguered hospitals don't believe the seriousness of the pandemic and the effects of a coronavirus infection. Carrillo said she and her fellow coworkers inside the hospital's COVID-19 unit are now dealing with a patient load bigger than the surge of cases in July.
"And that's really frustrating because every day I see, I look into the eyes of someone that's struggling to breathe, who's struggling to get well, they want to be home with their family, so that's a big challenge making sure every understands that it is quote-unquote real."
About an hour and half drive southeast in Orange County, Mission Hospital emergency room physician Dr. Jim Keany says the pandemic is making his ER "burst at the seams." Accidents, heart attacks, strokes, cases of the flu still fill his Mission Viejo, California, emergency department in addition to new coronavirus cases.
"So my concern really is resources," Keany said. " Are we going to have resources to take care of our community."