A West Hollywood family man is making headlines this weekend as he fights for his life from COVID-19 complications. KTLA 5 reports 40-year-old father of one, Christian Cabrera, contracted COVID-19 shortly after the Christmas holiday and was rushed to the emergency room last week, when he began struggling to breathe. He is not vaccinated and according to his brother, his condition has only gotten worse, with pneumonia in both lungs.
Christian Cabrera’s lungs are so weak, he is having difficulty speaking reports KTLA. But he was able to send his brother a text message from his hospital bed in Sherman Oaks late Thursday.
His brother Jino Cabrera shared a text message with KTLA that reads: “I can’t breathe again. I really regret not getting my vaccine, if I can do it all over again I would do it in a heartbeat to save my life. I’m fighting for my life here and I wish I have gotten vaccinated.”
“He keeps saying, ‘please keep take care of my son,’” his brother, Jino Cabrera told KTLA. “He knows he might not make it. He might die in there.”
With Omicron continuing to drive case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths to levels not seen since last year, L.A. County Public Health is reminding residents that vaccines are still the best source of protection, especially against hospitalization and death.
From January 2nd through January 8th, unvaccinated people were twice as likely to contract the virus compared to those fully vaccinated without boosters. Residents who were vaccinated and boosted were even more protected with four times the protection from infection compared to those unvaccinated.
Additionally, vaccinated and boosted residents are also at significantly less risk of ending up in the hospital. When comparing unvaccinated residents to those fully vaccinated without boosters, unvaccinated residents were five times more likely to be hospitalized. Residents who were both vaccinated and boosted had even higher levels of protection and were 20 times less likely to be hospitalized compared to those unvaccinated.
As cases and hospitalizations remain high, of most concern is the increase in deaths. On Thursday, Public Health reported 102 new deaths, the highest daily number of deaths since March 2021. And for the seven days leading up to January 1st, Public Health data also showed that unvaccinated individuals were 23 times more likely to succumb and die from COVID compared to those fully vaccinated.
On Friday, Public Health confirmed 65 additional deaths and 43,091 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 65 new deaths reported today, 10 were between the ages of 30 and 49, 16 were between the ages of 50 and 64, 15 were between the ages of 65-79, and 18 were over the age of 80 years old. Of the 65 newly reported deaths, 44 had underlying conditions. Information on the six deaths reported by the City of Long Beach is available at www.LongBeach.gov. To date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 28,346.
Public Health has identified a total 2,428,744 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County. Today’s positivity rate is 17.8%.
There are 4,792 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for more than 10,804,700 individuals, with 20% of people testing positive.
To keep workplaces and schools open, residents and workers are asked to:
Adhere to masking requirements when indoors or at crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
Remain home when sick, isolate if positive and quarantine when in close contact.
Residents are legally required to be isolated if they have a positive COVID test result and vaccinated. Close contacts with symptoms and unvaccinated close contacts need to be quarantined.
For updated isolation and quarantine guidance, please visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and are recommended for everyone 5 years old and older to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. Appointments are not needed at all Public Health vaccination sites and many community sites where first, second, and third doses are available.
To find a vaccination site near you, or to make an appointment, please visit:
If you need assistance, you can also call 1-833-540-0473 for help.