Thursday Numbers: New Cases Rise Above 2,200 for First Time in Two Weeks; Is it Fluke or Start of New Surge?

New COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County rose above 2,200 on Thursday, the highest single-day total in two weeks. Those higher numbers interrupt what had been a downward trend in new infections.

LA County reported 2,253 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The last time the county had higher than 2,200 new infections was on Feb. 20 when 2,393 cases were reported.

Health officials say they will watch the numbers closely, hoping this higher number is just a fluke and not the start of another rise in infections.

The county now has a cumulative total of 1,198,098 cases since the pandemic began in March.

There are 1,401 people currently in the hospital in Los Angeles County according to county health officials. That’s 75 fewer people in the hospital than on Wednesday when there were 1,476 people hospitalized. 

The county’s all-time high for COVID hospitalizations occurred on Jan. 7, when there were 8,098 people hospitalized.

There are 429 people currently in the ICU, according to the state. The county’s total ICU capacity is about 2,500 beds.

County health officials announced 119 more COVID-related deaths on Thursday. The cumulative death toll in LA County is 21,778 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.  

To date, almost 5.86 million people have been tested for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. The daily positivity rate on Wednesday was 2.5%.

West Hollywood recorded 6 new cases; the cumulative total is 2,141 cases since the pandemic began. The city had one new death; the cumulative death total is 34 deaths.

Below are the numbers for areas near West Hollywood:

  • Beverly Hills – 7 new cases for a total of 2,486 cases and 32 deaths.
  • Carthay neighborhood – 7 new cases for a total of 865 cases and 59 deaths.
  • Century City – no new cases for a total of 568 cases and 11 deaths.
  • Culver City – 7 new cases for a total of 2,097 cases and 91 deaths.
  • Hollywood – 13 new cases for a total of 5,211 cases and 64 deaths.
  • Melrose neighborhood – 16 new cases total of 7,833 cases and 197 deaths.
  • Miracle Mile – 6 new cases for a total of 904 cases and 15 deaths.
  • Park La Brea – 5 new case for a total of 570 cases and 1 death.
  • Santa Monica – 11 new cases for a total of 4,359 cases and 150 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.

For information about the many resources available to West Hollywood residents who have been impacted by COVID-19,  CLICK HERE.

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