New SLO County COVID-19 cases remain flat, hospitalizations down

September 4, 2021

By KAREN VELIE

The average daily number of new COVID-19 cases in San Luis Obispo County remains stable at 142, the same number it was three days ago, while the number of people hospitalized with the virus has dropped slightly from 67 to 59.

“These numbers only tell part of the story in that they do not speak to how miserable this disease is, especially for those who are severely ill and need to be hospitalized,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, SLO County health officer. “None of us want our family, friends or neighbors to experience that, which is why we must all do our part to slow the spread: get vaccinated, wear a mask indoors, avoid crowded places, wash your hands, don’t go out if you aren’t feeling well, and get tested if you experience symptoms.”

During the past three days, 414 SLO County residents tested positive for the coronavirus with no deaths. Paso Robles leads with 99 new cases, followed by San Luis Obispo with 68, Atascadero with 57, Nipomo with 37 and Arroyo Grande with 30.

There are currently 59 SLO County residents in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus, 17 in intensive care.

As of Friday afternoon, 26,143 people in SLO County have tested positive for the virus and 284 have died.

There have been 4,408,674 positive cases, and 6,321 deaths in California.

More than 40,708,457 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 664,961 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 220,903,569 cases with 4,571,517 dead.


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varian08

My daughter is a nurse in La.She has the same story.

Vaccin can avoid this terrible end of life.

So ,why people do not get it?


AllAboutTheBenjamins

Because democrats say they are good so they must be bad, they’re full of tracking devices even though everyone has a tracking device in their back pocket, covid isn’t real, horse paste protects you better than the vaccine. Just a few reasons why people don’t get it


mazin

On the front lines, here’s what the seven stages of severe COVID-19 look like

BY KAREN GALLARDO

AUG. 26, 2021 3:01 AM PT

I’m a respiratory therapist. With the fourth wave of the pandemic in full swing, fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant, the trajectory of the patients I see, from admission to critical care, is all too familiar. When they’re vaccinated, their COVID-19 infections most likely end after Stage 1. If only that were the case for everyone.


Get vaccinated. If you choose not to, here’s what to expect if you are hospitalized for a serious case of COVID-19.


Stage 1. You’ve had debilitating symptoms for a few days, but now it is so hard to breathe that you come to the emergency room. Your oxygen saturation level tells us you need help, a supplemental flow of 1 to 4 liters of oxygen per minute. We admit you and start you on antivirals, steroids, anticoagulants or monoclonal antibodies. You’ll spend several days in the hospital feeling run-down, but if we can wean you off the oxygen, you’ll get discharged. You survive.


Stage 2. It becomes harder and harder for you to breathe. “Like drowning,” many patients describe the feeling. The bronchodilator treatments we give you provide little relief. Your oxygen requirements increase significantly, from 4 liters to 15 liters to 40 liters per minute. Little things, like relieving yourself or sitting up in bed, become too difficult for you to do on your own. Your oxygen saturation rapidly declines when you move about. We transfer you to the intensive care unit.


Stage 3. You’re exhausted from hyperventilating to satisfy your body’s demand for air. We put you on noninvasive, “positive pressure” ventilation — a big, bulky face mask that must be Velcro’d tightly around your face so the machine can efficiently push pressure into your lungs to pop them open so you get enough of the oxygen it delivers.


Stage 4. Your breathing becomes even more labored. We can tell you’re severely fatigued. An arterial blood draw confirms that the oxygen content in your blood is critically low. We prepare to intubate you. If you’re able to and if there’s time, we will suggest that you call your loved ones. This might be the last time they’ll hear your voice.


We connect you to a ventilator. You are sedated and paralyzed, fed through a feeding tube, hooked to a Foley catheter and a rectal tube. We turn your limp body regularly, so you don’t develop pressure ulcers — bed sores. We bathe you and keep you clean. We flip you onto your stomach to allow for better oxygenation. We will try experimental therapeutics.


Stage 5. Some patients survive Stage 4. Unfortunately, your oxygen levels and overall condition have not improved after several days on the ventilator. Your COVID-infested lungs need assistance and time to heal, something that an ECMO machine, which bypasses your lungs and oxygenates your blood, can provide. But alas, our community hospital doesn’t have that capability.


If you’re stable enough, you will get transferred to another hospital for that therapy. Otherwise, we’ll continue treating you as best we can. We’re understaffed and overwhelmed, but we’ll always give you the best care we can.


Stage 6. The pressure required to open your lungs is so high that air can leak into your chest cavity, so we insert tubes to clear it out. Your kidneys fail to filter the byproducts from the drugs we continuously give you. Despite diuretics, your entire body swells from fluid retention, and you require dialysis to help with your renal function.


The long hospital stay and your depressed immune system make you susceptible to infections. A chest X-ray shows fluid accumulating in your lung sacs. A blood clot may show up, too. We can’t prevent these complications at this point; we treat them as they present.


If your blood pressure drops critically, we will administer vasopressors to bring it up, but your heart may stop anyway. After several rounds of CPR, we’ll get your pulse and circulation back. But soon, your family will need to make a difficult decision.


Stage 7: After several meetings with the palliative care team, your family decides to withdraw care. We extubate you, turning off the breathing machinery. We set up a final FaceTime call with your loved ones. As we work in your room, we hear crying and loving goodbyes. We cry, too, and we hold your hand until your last natural breath.


I’ve been at this for 17 months now. It doesn’t get easier. My pandemic stories rarely end well.


From: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-08-26/pandemic-covid-19-stages-vaccination-intensive-care-respiratory-therapist