San Bernardino County is preparing to use the rave hub of SoCal, the NOS Events Center, as an emergency hospital. More than 4,000 new cases were reported in the last two weeks.“We are beginning, for the first time, to move into what we refer to as surge capacity,” Dr. Troy Pennington, an emergency room doctor at Arrowhead Regional. Per a report on Friday, the county reported more than 11,000 cases and 248 deaths since the pandemic. began.
The furious spike in cases comes in part from an increase in testing, but public health officials also attribute the problem to due to protests and people going out for Memorial Day Weekend. Several people around the country are also still convinced without evidence that the virus is a political hoax, refusing to wear masks in public and potentially increasing the risk of spread from asymptomatic carriers. “People are dying. I don’t know what’s fake about that,” says local resident David Badivangia. I don’t wanna be any part of making it worse.”
While Governor Newsom has only reinstated stay-at-home orders for a county in San Diego, other states have re-closed businesses or issued strict county-wide mask-wearing regulations. On Friday, San Bernardino was placed on the state’s watch list alongside Contra Costa, Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and ten others. If the stress on the hospital system continues to increase, the state could recommend that businesses shut down once again.
The U.S. went from downward trending cases like the rest of the world to a sudden spike that may become more severe as businesses reopen. The European Union is due to restricting the U.S. from travel to the region because the virus has not been contained as a whole. Several countries are down to the triple digits, including Germany, France, and Italy, one of the hardest-hit countries when the pandemic began.