While continuing to urge vigilance against COVID- 19 spread, Los Angeles County’s public health director said Monday the rate of people testing positive for the virus has fallen to its lowest level of the pandemic, and the effectiveness of vaccines is being proven by dramatic drops in cases among health care workers.
“We are moving in the right direction, a direction that will hopefully lead to us moving forward on our recovery journey, where more of our young people can go back to school for on-site learning,” Barbara Ferrer said during a midday briefing.
Ferrer said the county’s average number of daily new COVID cases has fallen below 1,000, marking a return to “the levels we saw before the (winter) surge. These declines are real and we’re grateful for the choices made and the work done by everyone — individuals and businesses — that is making this possible.”
Cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are all down on Monday, but there is often a lag with data coming in over the weekend. Tuesday’s numbers may be higher.
There are 1,578 people currently in the hospital in Los Angeles County according to county health officials. That’s 83 fewer people in the hospital than on Sunday when there were 1,661 people hospitalized.
The county’s all-time high for COVID hospitalizations occurred on Jan. 7, when there were 8,098 people hospitalized.
There 475 people currently in the ICU, according to the state. The county’s total ICU capacity is about 2,500 beds.
County health officials announced 32 more COVID-related deaths on Monday. The overall death toll in LA County is 21,467 people.
The highest number of COVID deaths in a single day occurred on Jan. 8 with 318 deaths. The second highest occurred on Jan. 30 with 316 deaths.
LA County reported 987 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The county now has a cumulative total of 1,192,895 cases since the pandemic began in March.
To date, almost 5.84 million people have been tested for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. The daily positivity rate on Sunday was 2.5%.
West Hollywood recorded 3 new cases; the cumulative total is 2,120 cases since the pandemic began. The city had 2 new deaths; the cumulative death total is 33 deaths.
Below are the numbers for areas near West Hollywood:
- Beverly Hills – 2 new cases for a total of 2,464 cases and 32 deaths.
- Carthay neighborhood – no new cases for a total of 854 cases and 58 deaths.
- Century City – no new case for a total of 567 cases and 11 deaths.
- Culver City – 2 new cases for a total of 2,085 cases and 89 deaths.
- Hollywood – 7 new cases for a total of 5,177 cases and 63 deaths.
- Melrose neighborhood – 8 new cases total of 7,807 cases and 193 deaths.
- Miracle Mile – no new cases for a total of 896 cases and 15 deaths.
- Park La Brea – 3 new cases for a total of 562 cases and 1 death.
- Santa Monica – 3 new cases for a total of 4,332 cases and 149 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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