14,000 new Covid cases reported in LA County over 3-day period – The Downey Patriot
More than 14,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Los Angeles County since Saturday, health officials said, while the number of virus-positive patients in area hospitals has remained virtually stable, decreasing slightly from 10, according to the latest data.
The county’s public health department reported 5,708 new cases as of Saturday, 4,404 for Sunday and 4,282 for Monday, noting the numbers are likely undercounted due to weekend reporting delays.
The new cases pushed the county above the 3 million mark for the pandemic, with the cumulative number reaching 3,004,975. Health officials said the true number of cases is likely much higher, with many people now relying on home tests, the results of which are not always communicated to the authorities.
The county also reported 15 more virus-related deaths since Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 32,168.
According to state figures, there were 530 COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals on Monday, up from 540 on Sunday. Of those patients, 63 were being treated in intensive care, the same number as on Sunday.
The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 3.6% on Monday, down from 5% on Friday.
The county does not report COVID data on weekends.
“The ongoing high rate of transmission in the county is concerning, especially for those at high risk,” County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “Using all the tools at hand to reduce the risk of transmission remains the best approach to enjoying the summer. In addition to hiding indoors and keeping up to date on vaccinations, knowing your status in certain situations is an important way to prevent the spread of COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE
“Getting tested at home, when planning to attend an event or travel, or if you have symptoms, allows you to stay away from others if you test positive, thus preventing the spread of the virus. “Over-the-counter tests are available free from the federal government, health plans, and at many community sites serving residents of limited means. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these quick and easy tests,” she said. declared.
Ferrer said last week that if virus-related hospital admissions continue to increase at the rate seen in recent weeks, the county could be moved to the Centers for Disease Control’s “high” virus activity category. and Prevention from the United States by the end of the month. . Reaching this category would mean a return to the rules of mandatory mask-wearing indoors.
The county will move from the “medium” category to the “high” category if its average daily rate of new COVID-related hospital admissions exceeds 10 per 100,000 population, or if the percentage of hospital beds occupied by patients positive for COVID exceeds ten%.
On Thursday, the rate of new hospital admissions in the county was 5.2 per 100,000 people, double the rate from a month ago. The share of beds occupied by patients infected with the virus was still relatively low at 2.7%, but also higher than it was last month.
While indoor masking remains optional in most public places for now, Ferrer urged people to consider masking up to limit the spread and protect vulnerable populations.
Los Angeles County currently requires masks inside healthcare facilities, on board transit vehicles, and in transit centers such as airports, in long-term care facilities, in shelters and cooling centers and in correctional facilities.