Cedars-Sinai Sees Decline In Non-Coronavirus ER Visits During Pandemic

The Cedars-Sinai ER has seen 30 percent fewer patients between March 1 and April 15 compared to the same time period in 2019. 

Cedars-Sinai Sees Decline In Non-Coronavirus ER Visits During Pandemic

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s emergency room is seeing a decline in visits from non-coronavirus patients during the pandemic.

Dr. Sam Torbati, the co-director of the hospital’s ER, said Thursday that he sees patients every day who have delayed their ER visit out of fear that they will be exposed to COVID-19. He urged people not to be afraid to seek necessary medical care.

“They tell me about something that’s been brewing,” Torbati said. “They say, `I was afraid [to seek medical help’.'”

He said that delaying emergency medical care can be dangerous and lowers ER doctors’ ability to help once help is sought.

“We’re available. We have a lot of capacity. We don’t want them to have fear,” Torbati said, noting that patients who are suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms are isolated.

The Cedars-Sinai ER has seen 30 percent fewer patients between March 1 and April 15 compared to the same time period in 2019.

Torbati said some reduction is expected, due to stay-at-home orders impacting the number of major trauma cases, including car accidents, shootings, and stabbings. However, he said there has been a drop in visits from other cases that the ER normally treats and that would not necessarily be impacted by stay-at-home orders.

The emergency physician said he fears a spike in non-coronavirus-related deaths, especially in people who have serious health issues.

“Hospitals like Cedars-Sinai have processes in place to ensure people’s safety,” he said. “The fear of picking up COVID-19 in a hospital, I understand it… [but] emergencies are things where time makes a difference.”

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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Package Thefts On The Rise As More Get Items Delivered, Drivers Follow Safety Precautions Leaving Items In Plain Sight

With more people now working and staying at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, police say porch pirates are getting out more to steal what’s being delivered to your home.

Package Thefts On The Rise As More Get Items Delivered, Drivers Follow Safety Precautions Leaving Items In Plain Sight

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With more people now working and staying at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, police say porch pirates are getting out more to steal what’s being delivered to your home.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, thieves are also taking advantage of safety measures delivery drivers are following to protect themselves from coronavirus.

Surveillance photos of the porch pirate. April 11, 2020. (LAPD)

Police said the drivers are being instructed not to touch doorknobs, gate latches, or any frequently touched surfaces.

Sometimes, instead of at your door, packages are placed in exposed visible locations, making it easier for porch pirates to steal.

A man in the Melrose District recently had a package stolen that was left right on a resident’s walkway. Police said the video showed a porch pirate in action.

Detectives believe the man followed a delivery driver and once the package was left in the front yard, the suspect got out of his car, opened the fence, snatched the package, and left.

Pete White, a delivery driver for a big name company said, “We always get notices that people are following us, describe the color of the vehicle they’re in, describe the people, saying be careful out there are people following you. Happens all the time, just ramping up this time.”

Police are reminding delivery drivers that if you think you’re being followed, divert your route to confirm the person is following, then call the police.

White said he’s always aware of his surroundings and wears a mask, gloves and uses hand sanitizer regularly.

“We have to be safe not only for ourselves but for other people because we don’t know if the people we’re delivering to, they could have underlying problems so we have to be really careful.”

To protect your deliveries, police recommend having your packages delivered to your workplace or install a secure delivery box at your home. You can also have them delivered to UPS or FED-EX pick-up spots or Amazon lockers.

“We’ll pay more attention when deliveries are coming and follow the tracking and know what time they’re coming,” said homeowner Rae Ann Lanfear.

The LAPD said the man in the video was driving a late 1990’s Mercury Mountaineer.

If you recognize him or have information that can help, call theft detectives at LAPD’s Wilshire Division.

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