SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – In recent weeks, the San Luis County Health Department and Dr. Penny Borenstein, the county health officer, have issued statements that have opened up topics for discussion. Below are the questions posed to the Paso Robles Press and Health Department and their responses.

Press survey about Paso Robles: In a press release from 5. In January, Wade Horton and Dr. Penny Borenstein stated that VIDOC-19 is now the leading cause of death not only in the United States, but also in this country.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published on November 23, 2000. The leading cause of death in the United States, updated in December, is heart disease with nearly 600,000 deaths by 2020, second is cancer with 523,775 and last with 300,482 deaths. This makes it the leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer, according to the report.
  • According to the same report, influenza and pneumonia will rank ninth on this list in 2020, behind stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

Ask for the press at Paso Robles: Please indicate the context in which they report that COVID-19 is the leading cause of death – does this happen in the first five days of the year?

SLO County Health Services : In the first five days of 2021, county health departments received more death certificates with the cause of death COVID-19 than with any other illness. This also applies to December 2020.

Press survey about Paso Robles: In the press release of 11. January, they say: After consultation with local hospitals, the province adjusted the ratio for the total number of IC beds from 53 to 38 licensed and staffed IC beds. Previously, it included all authorized beds, whether or not they could be staffed.

Dr. Borenstein did not provide details on why hospitals are understaffed to fill the 53 approved intensive care beds.

Ask for the press at Paso Robles: Please explain why hospitals are understaffed and why the County is not providing the necessary financial support to ensure we are using all available resources.

SLO County Health Services : Dr. Borenstein spoke briefly on this topic at a press briefing yesterday (January 13). I suggest you watch this on the county’s YouTube channel or the transcript on our readyslo.org site so you can document some direct quotes if you wish. On the other hand, representatives from our local hospitals are likely to be better able to answer questions about hospital and bedside staff.

Quote from Dr. Borenstein’s press briefing on the 13th. January.

But when we sat down with these hospital people, we all realized that the number of available or occupied beds that you can put up immediately is actually an important measure. Because if we don’t have staff to provide care, if we have 53 beds, that doesn’t really reflect the impact on the system. So what we have on site now may be different than what you see on the state site is the use of 38 licensed and staffed intensive care beds. In that regard, it is all the better if you agree that the capacity of our ICU remains high because we have reduced the denominator. So fewer beds, but you can still see that more than half of them are available.

Ask for the press at Paso Robles: And with all the concern about the additional burden on our country, why haven’t we closed elective operations again, as we did at the beginning of the pandemic, to make more resources available?

SLO County Health Services : We don’t have a local ordinance that requires that, as we do at the state level for some other counties in Southern California. So it’s also a hospital decision, so I’m referring the case back to them.

Ask for the press at Paso Robles: Third: Why doesn’t the county reopen the acute care hospital that was established at Cal Poly early last year?

SLO County Health Services : Our local hospitals report daily to the provincial hospital on their bed and ICU capacity. We report on our website readyslo.org. Cal Poly ACS remains available and ready to open when our hospital data suggests that our hospital capacity is close to or nil. It hasn’t happened yet, but we’re ready just in case.

Press survey about Paso Robles: In the same press release of 11. In January, they say that Dr. Borenstein..: The virus has claimed more than 100 local victims. They are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, children and grandparents who were not prepared for death and whose deaths could have been prevented.

Ask for the press at Paso Robles: Please provide documents or sources showing that the 115 currently reported deaths were actually preventable?

SLO County Health Services : The primary cause of death listed on all of these death certificates is VIDOC-19. This underlying cause indicates that the death was not caused by another factor (such as age or another underlying disease). The purpose of this statement was to give the impression that these deaths will not happen anyway. These people would still be alive today if COWID-19 had not been reduced.

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