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With the Omicron variant of coronavirus surging across the US, Los Angeles County recorded its highest number of new Covid-19 cases in one week since the start of the pandemic, according to health officials. © Bloomberg/Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images A Covid-19 testing site at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The first confirmed U.S. case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus was detected in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, as the recently detected mutation continues its spread around the world.
A Minnesota COVID-19 patient was flown to a medical facility in Texas over the weekend after a judge ordered doctors to keep him on a ventilator, the Star Tribune reported. © Go Nakamura/Getty Images Minnesota COVID-19 patient flown to Texas after judge orders doctors to keep him on ventilator
Scott Quiner, 55, was placed on a ventilator at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids on Nov. 6 while experiencing critically low oxygen levels and has shown few signs of improvement in the ensuing weeks, according to the Star-Tribune.
The hospital informed Quiner's family that it would disconnect the ventilator on Thursday, prompting his wife, Anne, to seek an emergency order from the Anoka County court to stop the disconnection and move her husband to a new facility.
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Judge Jennifer Stanfield ruled in favor of the Quiner family's request to keep him on a ventilator.
Scott Quiner's attorney, Marjorie Holsten, told the Star Tribune her client was flown over the weekend from Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids to a medical facility in Texas, which she did not name.
"Scott is now in a hospital in Texas getting critical care," Holsten said. "The doctor said Scott was the most undernourished patient he has ever seen. The last update I got was yesterday afternoon after some tests had been run; all organs are working except his lungs."
Quiner was unvaccinated against the coronavirus prior to being hospitalized.
An online hearing in Quiner's case is scheduled for Feb. 11, the Star-Tribune noted.
15-Month-Old California Baby Dies of COVID-19 as Case Rate in Children Hits New Heights .
The number of children contracting COVID-19 is five times higher than the highest number during the winter 2021 surge.The county reported 91 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, making it the second-highest daily total of deaths during the Omicron surge, the Los Angeles Times reported. The 15-month-old was among them. It's unknown if the child had underlying conditions.