A 17-year-old boy in Los Angeles County who grew to become the first teen believed to have died from problems with COVID-19 within the U.S. was denied therapy at a pressing care clinic as a result of he didn’t have medical insurance, in response to R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, California. Roughly 27.5 million Individuals—8.5 % of the inhabitants—don’t have medical insurance primarily based on the newest government figures.
“He didn’t have insurance coverage, so they didn’t deal with him,” Parris mentioned in a video posted to YouTube. The employees on the pressing care facility instructed the teenager to strive for the emergency room at Antelope Valley (AV) Hospital, a public hospital within the space, in response to the mayor.
“En path to AV Hospital, he went into cardiac arrest, when he acquired to AV hospital they had been in a position to revive him and hold him alive for about six hours,” Parris mentioned. “However by the point, he acquired there, it was too late.”
The identity of the pressing care clinic that refused to deal with the teenager has not been launched. Mayor Parris defined in his YouTube video that the 17-year-old is believed to have had no underlying circumstances that will have contributed to his loss of life.
“He had been sick for a number of days, he had no earlier well-being circumstances. On Friday earlier than he died, he was wholesome, he was socializing together with his buddies,” the mayor explained.
Los Angeles County at the moment has 1,216 COVID-19 circumstances and 21 deaths, in response to the L.A. County Public Well being Division’s website. The U.S. as an entire has recognized a minimum of 85,991 COVID-19 circumstances and 1,296 deaths as of Friday morning, in response to the Johns Hopkins on-line coronavirus tracker. The U.S. grew to become the nation with the best variety of confirmed circumstances of the virus on the earth yesterday, surpassing China and Italy.
The Lancaster teen examined optimistic for COVID-19, however, the Facilities For Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly evaluating the case to see if there’s one other clarification for his loss of life. The preliminary reason for the loss of life was defined on Tuesday as a septic shock from problems with COVID-19. The teenager’s father has examined optimistic for COVID-19 as nicely. The teenager’s loss of life has been faraway from the official U.S. loss of life toll, in response to Public Well being Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer, who gave a press convention on March 25.
Nations with authoritarian leaders like China, Iran, and Russia have adopted a method of denying that some individuals have really died from COVID-19, even after they check optimistic for the illness. In Russia, for instance, a 79-year-old girl in Moscow just lately died of the brand new coronavirus, however, the Russian authorities mentioned that whereas she might have examined optimistic, she really died of pneumonia. Moscow noticed a 37 % surge of “pneumonia” circumstances in January over the earlier 12 months, in response to ABC News.
There have additionally been allegations from well-being care staff within the U.S. that some COVID-19 deaths aren’t being correctly counted, at the same time as hospitals grow to be overwhelmed with sufferers, typically ready hours to get examined.
“We simply don’t know. The numbers are grossly underreported. I do know for an indisputable fact that we’ve had three deaths in a single county the place just one is listed on the web site,” one unnamed nurse in California instructed BuzzFeed Information this week.
Persons are already dying in New York emergency rooms ready for ICU beds, in response to the New York Times. President Donald Trump has denied that there’s a ventilator scarcity, a harmful lie. Trump instructed Sean Hannity on Fox Information’s final evening that he doesn’t like listening to “complaints” from governors and that states don’t really want extra ventilators, contradicting overwhelming proof that hospitals throughout the U.S. will want hundreds of extra ventilators within the coming weeks.
“I believe that quite a lot of issues are being mentioned which are extra [than needed],” Trump mentioned of the medical tools being asked for by governors. “I don’t assume sure issues will materialize. Lots of tools being requested for that I don’t assume they’ll want.”
In the meantime, Los Angeles County is getting ready for an inflow of sufferers like they’re seeing in different U.S. hotspots like New York, Washington, and Louisiana. The Los Angeles Conference Heart is at the moment being transformed right into a quarantine heart in response to native CBS TV affiliate KCAL-9. And the town of Lancaster is organizing makeshift triage facilities, as evidenced by the variety of cots in Mayor Parris’s personal video on YouTube.
“We’re gonna get by this, and we’re going to be a lot stronger neighborhood after we do get by this. We’re going to see issues in one another we by no means dreamed attainably. It’s not going to be horrible when it’s over, however now we have a method to go,” Parris mentioned, urging individuals to take the COVID-19 pandemic critically.
“This subsequent few months, now we have to be collective. Now we have to be sturdy. And most significantly, keep dwelling.”