Centinela Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) discharged 32-year-old Michael Orantes after a 93 day battle against the deadly COVID-19 virus. Surrounded by his family and CHMC staff he left the Inglewood hospital in good spirits.
Orantes spent three months in the hospital, two of which were in intensive care, hooked up to a ventilator and intubated on maximum settings, according to the hospital. Orantes was diagnosed after returning from a trip to Spain late March. He had no underlying medical conditions but began showing symptoms of the virus which attacks your respiratory system.
Hospitalizations for the illness have been surging in the county in recent weeks, along with the infections rate.
A total of 124,738 people have tested positive for the virus in L.A. County and 3,689 people have died, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
Though the majority of those who have died of COVID-19 in L.A. County had underlying health conditions, 7% did not.
The city of Inglewood has a confirmed COVID-19 case count of 1,230 as of July 8, 2020, and 67 deaths.
Those wanting to test for COVID-19 are urged to make an appointment with either their primary care physician or through the L.A. County Department of Public Health website https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/.