There were 91 new cases in Monterey County, for a total of 13,280. There were eight new hospitalizations, and no new deaths reported. Nationwide, cases were up by 2%, adding 186,900 to the tally of 11,574,600. Deaths at 2,143 were at near record levels. In California, cases rose significantly. They were up by 11,111 to 1.064 million, while deaths rose by 95 (more than double the day before) to 18,412. Hospital beds are becoming full in many communities and health officials are alarmed at how quickly this second wave is spreading. Getting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could literally be the kiss of death.
COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents are surging and hospitals are overwhelmed with new coronavirus cases which is causing staff shortages, particularly in rural hospitals. Believe it or not, Monterey County is considered rural, with much of the South County spread out and this is where the majority of COVID-19 cases are occurring. We have had nursing home outbreaks in Carmel, Monterey, Salinas and Watsonville. “Nursing homes are not isolated from what happens in the community,” Carrie Henning-Smith, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, told The Wall Street Journal. Facilities in rural counties reported 18% of nursing home COVID-19 deaths in the week ended November 1, although they housed only 10% of the overall population. Please, please, take this season off and call off Thanksgiving with friends and family. Many health officials are extremely concerned that this holiday season is going to cause a new surge in cases.