COVID in Los Angeles: County reports nearly 45,000 new COVID cases over the weekend

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles County reported nearly 45,000 new cases of COVID-19 this weekend, an alarmingly high number in light of the typical delays in weekend reporting.

Officials reported 23,553 new cases for Saturday and another 21,200 positive tests for Sunday after a one-day record of 27,091 new infections were reported Friday.

Four additional deaths related to the virus were also reported this weekend, two each on Saturday and Sunday.

The latest figures bring the province’s cumulative totals to 1,741,292 cases and 27,640 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Meanwhile, the province’s COVID hospitalizations continued to increase, jumping to more than 150 for the second consecutive day. The number of COVID patients in the province’s hospitals rose to 1,792, up from 1,628 on Saturday, according to the latest state figures.

Of those patients, 263 were in intensive care, up from 246 the previous day. The daily test positive rate was 21.8% as of Sunday.

Health officials continue to encourage residents to limit activities at higher risk, including activities within which individuals are exposed for long periods of time, such as overcrowded outdoor events.

“We hope that by working together to implement essential public health safety measures, we can stay safe, protect those we love and keep our schools and businesses open,” said the province’s director of public health, Barbara Ferrer. spread of a more infectious strain of the virus, decay can lead to explosive transmission. Well-fitting and high-quality masks are an essential layer of protection when people are in close contact with others, especially when inside or in crowded spaces outside where distance is not possible.

“Although masks can be annoying and even uncomfortable for some, given that many infected individuals spread COVID 1-2 days before they are symptomatic, it is known that the physical barrier provided by a mask reduces the spread of virus particles.”

Evidence suggests that only those who have recently completed or are intensifying their vaccination series have significant protection against being infected with the highly contagious Omicron variant, according to Public Health
amtners.

“The coming days will be extremely challenging for all of us, as we have extremely high case numbers that reflect widespread transmission of the virus. To ensure that people are able to work and go to school, we must all act responsibly, ” Ferrer said late last week.

She also noted that overall COVID mortality rates have remained relatively flat in the province, despite the dramatic increase in infections, but she said this could change.

“Deaths remain fortunately low and they have not changed, but this is because we are only a week away from the start of our hospital stays.
come up, ” she said.

Officials have said that about 90% of COVID deaths during the pandemic occurred in people who had underlying health conditions. The most common conditions are hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

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