California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he is considering "drastic action," including reinstating a stay-at-home order, as projections show the surge of Covid-19 cases will cause the state's intensive care unit capacity to be overrun by Christmas Eve.
Hospitalizations could double or triple within the next month if there are no major changes, he said. They are expected to reach 78% of capacity statewide with even higher numbers in Southern California and other areas, Newsom said in a news conference.
"If these trends continue, California will need to take drastic action," Newsom said from home, where he is quarantined with his family.
Los Angeles County reported today a total of 400,919 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, a grim new milestone as the virus continues to "run rampant through almost every part of the county,” the county's Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a news conference.
Daily hospitalizations in Los Angeles also sharply increased 93% over the past week, according to latest county health data. There are currently 2,185 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Los Angeles and it is very possible that the daily number of people hospitalized will soon be over 2,500, Ferrer said.
CNN's Alexandra Meeks contributed to this report.