COVID-19 hospitalizations and daily new cases in Los Angeles County set records again on Thursday, while ICU bed availability continues to plunge to frightening levels.
Some 134 more people were hospitalized on Thursday than on Wednesday, with a total of 3,433 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to data released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. That 3,433 people hospitalized is a new record for the county, beating the previous record set on Wednesday. Of those hospitalized, 23% are in the ICU.
The 11-county Southern California region’s availability of ICU beds now stands at 7.7%, down from 9% on Wednesday, 10.1% on Tuesday and 10.9% on Monday.
Los Angeles County reported 12,819 new cases on Thursday, the most the county has ever recorded in a single day. That brings the county to a cumulative total of 487,917 cases since the pandemic began in March.
“Like a speeding car approaching a cliff, if we do not rapidly change course, we are in jeopardy of catastrophic consequences, with our hospitals overwhelmed and severely ill patients not being able to get the care they need,” the county’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Paul Simon, said. “… If we do not take every precaution right now, more people will become very seriously ill, more people will suffer and more people will tragically pass away.”
The county announced 74 more people dead from the coronavirus on Thursday, pushing the county’s cumulative death toll to 8,149 people.
More than 4,022,000 people in LA County have been tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The test positivity rate currently stands at 11%.
West Hollywood saw 21 new cases on Thursday for a cumulative total of 1,053 cases. There were no new deaths from COVID in the city. WeHo’s cumulative death toll remains at nine deaths.
Below are the daily numbers for areas near West Hollywood:
- Beverly Hills – 13 new cases for a total of 1,152 cases.
- Culver City – 26 new cases for a total of 786 cases.
- Hollywood – 69 new cases for a total of 2,304 cases.
- Melrose neighborhood – 87 new cases for a total of 3,341 cases.
- Miracle Mile – 5 new cases for a total of 352 cases.
- Park La Brea – 7 new cases for a total of 239 cases.
- Santa Monica – 45 new cases for a total of 1,783 cases.
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