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California city has seen more deaths by suicide than coronavirus: doctor

Added 05-24-20 01:18:03pm EST - “The head of a California hospital's trauma team says his area has seen more death from lockdown suicides than from the pandemic itself. "We've never seen numbers like this, in suc?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “California city has seen more deaths by suicide than coronavirus: doctor”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The head of a California hospital’s trauma team says his area has seen more death from lockdown suicides than from the pandemic itself.

“We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time,” Dr. Mike deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, just outside of Oakland, told ABC7 of the apparent mental health crisis.

“I mean, we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks,” he told the station, which did not give figures to back the claims.

Walnut Creek is in Contra Costa County, which as of Saturday had recorded 1,296 coronavirus cases, with 36 deaths.

DeBoisblanc believes the mental health cost proves “it’s time” to end the shelter-in-place in the county of more than a million people, he told the station.

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