Doctors at the John Muir Medical Center in northern California say they have seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus during lockdowns.
Surgeon Michael deBoisblanc says the number of suicide deaths since lockdown is unlike anything he has ever seen.
"The numbers are unprecedented," deBoisblanc told local news. "We've never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time. I mean we've seen a year's worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks."
Trauma nurse Kacey Hansen, who has worked at the hospital for more than 32 years, said she has also never seen such an unprecedented number of suicide attempts.
"What I have seen recently, I have never seen before. I have never seen so much intentional injury," said Hansen.
DeBoisblanc added that he believes the state needs to end the stay-at-home order and reopen its communities.
"Personally, I think it's time. I think, originally, this was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients," he said. "We have the current resources to do that, and our other community health is suffering."
A study published in early May predicted that the coronavirus lockdowns could lead to a minimum of 75,000 "deaths of despair" from suicide, as well as drug and alcohol abuse.
🔦 Earlier this week, a group of more than 600 doctors signed and sent a letter to President Trump asking him to end the continued lockdowns, calling them a "mass casualty incident."