Monday Numbers Show LA County COVID Hospitalizations Down Again, While New Cases and Deaths Are Stabilizing for Now

Coronavirus hospitalizations in Los Angeles County fell again on Monday, while new cases and deaths showed signs of stabilizing. However the county is still considered the epicenter of the pandemic and this period is being viewed as a lull before the next surge of infections from Christmas and New Year’s gatherings gets underway.

There are 7,910 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County on Monday. That’s 54 fewer people than were hospitalized on Sunday when there were 7,964 people hospitalized. The county’s all-time high for COVID hospitalizations occurred on Jan. 7, when there were 8,098  people hospitalized.

The state reported that LA County hospitals have 1,724 COVID patients in the ICU on Monday, roughly 22% of all the county’s hospitalized COVID patients.

Hospitals continue to be overrun with COVID patients, with only 650 available beds, including 48 intensive-care unit beds, available as of Monday at the 70 “911-receiving” medial centers.

Los Angeles County Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said Monday that hospitalization numbers appear to have “stabilized” following dramatic surges in recent weeks, but the overcrowding in hospitals still hasn’t been alleviated. She noted that in the four county-operated hospitals, more than half of all admitted patients are being treated for COVID, and more than 75% of ICU patients have the virus. She said those numbers are similar for other hospitals countywide.

“We still have patients who are being boarded in the emergency departments and we still have our clinical care teams caring for more patients than what they would under normal circumstances,” Ghaly said.

“… There remains staffing shortages countywide at all hospitals, at health care facilities, and we are still very much in the midst of this deadly surge,” she said. “We’re watching the data very carefully over the next couple of days, as this is the time, we would anticipate beginning to see the surge in patients from the recent Christmas and New Year’s holidays.”

LA County reported 12,617 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The county now has a cumulative total of  932,697 cases since the pandemic began in March.

County health officials announced 137 more people dead from the coronavirus on Monday. The county’s cumulative death toll is now 12,387 people.

To date, about 5.02 million people have been tested for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Of those tested, an overall average of 18% are testing positive.   

Every minute, on average, ten people in LA County test positive for COVID -19. The 15,000 individuals who test positive each day were capable of infecting others for two days before they show any symptoms or know they are positive. At least 10-12% of people infected with coronavirus end up hospitalized at some point, and more than 1% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 end up dying, county officials said.

West Hollywood recorded 14 new cases, for a cumulative total of 1,638 cases since the pandemic began. The city had no new deaths; the cumulative death total is 18 deaths.

Below are the numbers for areas near West Hollywood:

  • Beverly Hills – 19 new cases for a total of 1,922 cases and 1 new death for a total of 17 deaths.
  • Carthay neighborhood – 3 new cases for a total of 705 cases and no new deaths for a total of 32 deaths.
  • Culver City – 16 new cases for a total of 1,559 cases and no new deaths for a total of 50 deaths.
  • Hollywood – 53 new cases for a total of 3,933 cases and no new deaths for a total of 36 deaths.
  • Melrose neighborhood – 89 new cases total of 6,003 cases and 2 new deaths for a total of 123 deaths.
  • Miracle Mile – 10 new cases for a total of 659 cases and no new deaths for a total of 8 deaths.
  • Park La Brea – 8 new cases for a total of 432 cases and no new deaths for a total of 1 death.
  • Santa Monica – 53 new cases for a total of 3,258 cases and no new death for a total of 88 deaths.

The Carthay neighborhood incorporates the areas of Los Angeles between the Beverly Hills city limits and Fairfax Avenue, with Beverly Boulevard as the northern border and Wilshire Boulevard as the southern border. 

The Melrose neighborhood incorporates the areas of Los Angeles east of La Cienega and west of Vermont Avenue, between Santa Monica Boulevard on the north and Beverly Boulevard on the south.

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