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Shootings, stabbings up in SoCal during pandemic, crashes down

Fox 5 (City News Service), March 2, 2021 (Video)

March 2, 2021

Shootings, stabbings up in SoCal during pandemic, crashes down

Several San Diego hospitals participated in a UC Irvine-led study showing gunshot and knife wounds increased during the COVID-19 pandemic in Southern California, but injuries from traffic crashes were down, it was announced Tuesday. … “Our analysis identified a 21% increase in rates of penetrating trauma and a 24% increase in rates of gunshot wounds, but no significant increase in rates of suicide attempts or domestic violence that required trauma or critical care in the period after California’s stay-at-home order was issued in March 2020,” said Dr. Jeffry Nahmias, a UCI Medical Center trauma surgeon and the study’s senior investigator with UCI Health surgery resident Dr. Eric Yeates.