The doctor in charge of a trauma center in Bay Area, California, said the state should end its closure orders following an “unprecedented” spike in suicide attempts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have never seen such numbers in such a short time,” Dr. Mike deBoisblanc, head of trauma at John Muir Medical Center, told local station ABC7. “I mean, we’ve seen a year of suicide attempts in the past four weeks.” He added that he thinks it’s time to end the state freeze.
“I think this was originally set up to flatten the curve and ensure that hospitals have the resources to care for COVID patients,” he explained. “We have the current resources to do that and our other community health is suffering.”
Trauma sister Kacey Hansen, who has worked at the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for more than three decades, said she “had never seen” so many attempts, most of which were young adults. “I’ve never seen so many deliberate injuries. . . it is disturbing. “
John Muir Health said in a statement that while “there are some opinions on the subject, including within our medical staff,” the organization supports on-site relief from the state.
California Governor Gavin Newsom is currently putting his state through a phased reopening, with Bay Area counties moving slower than other parts of the state. On Tuesday, the Justice Department warned Newsom in a letter that its state’s ban on personal worship “discriminates against religious discrimination in the face.”