County reports 3,045 new cases of COVID-19

Los Angeles County reported 3,045 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths Sunday, with officials noting that those numbers may reflect delays in weekend reporting.

The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals continued to spike, rising from 1,071 Saturday to 1,096, according to state figures. The number of those patients in intensive care rose from 231 to 236.

The new figures bring the county’s cumulative totals to 1,303,343 cases and 24,685 fatalities since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The county has been experiencing sharp increases in daily case numbers, hospitalizations and test-positivity rates over the past several weeks, with the increases attributed to the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.

“Over the past eight months, millions of people in the U.S., and around the world, have been safely vaccinated. The data overwhelmingly shows the vaccines to be effective at preventing serious illness that causes hospitalization, and death,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Saturday. “To really beat back transmission, however, we need to have higher levels of vaccination, particularly among our younger residents.”

Ferrer had said Thursday that the rise seen in recent weeks in the positivity rate and new case numbers was showing signs of slowing, offering some hope the surge may be leveling off. She said hospitalizations are expected to continue rising, since that number traditionally increases following rises in overall case numbers.

The test positivity rate was 6.1% as of Saturday, down from 6.3% on Friday but still higher than the 5.17% rate reported Thursday.

County figures show that as of July 27, among 4.9 million fully vaccinated residents, 10,656 tested positive for the virus, for a rate of 0.22%. That rate marks a 63% increase from a week ago, but still remains statistically low.

Among the vaccinated people, only 410 were hospitalized, for a rate of 0.008%, and only 35 died, a rate of 0.0007%.

From Jan. 1 through June 30 of this year, 99.8% of the people who died from COVID-19 were unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated, Ferrer said.

While the pace of vaccinations has slowed significantly, Ferrer said the county has now seen two consecutive weeks of small increases in the number of people receiving a first dose. Between July 19 and 25, about 70,000 doses were administered in the county, up about 7,500 from the previous week.

Vaccination rates remain low among younger residents, particularly in the Black community. As of July 25, only 30% of Black residents age 16-17 and 18-29 had received at least one shot, roughly half of the rate of their white counterparts. Only 24% of Black residents aged 12-15 had at least one dose, also half the rate for white residents.

Overall, Black residents had the lowest overall rate of vaccination, at 46%, compared to 55% for Latinos, 66% for white residents and 77% for Asians.

Of the county’s 10.3 million overall residents, 60% have received at least one dose, and 52% are fully vaccinated. Roughly 1.3 million residents under age 12 remain ineligible for the vaccine.

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Wuhan Knows
Wuhan Knows
2 months ago

Wuhan is testing the entire city of 12 million citizens and setting up ongoing protocols.

William Seegmiller
William Seegmiller
2 months ago

Then how the hell is it that in Israel HALF of new CV19 infections are among VAXXED.

This “99% of CV19 infections among UNvaxxed” being pushed by US gov is not congruent with reality and truly is deceitful.

You can research the difference in testing protocols and PCR threshholds for vaxxed and unvaxxed that allow for such a blatant statistical manipulation, for yourself.

Last edited 2 months ago by William Seegmiller
Observer
Observer
2 months ago

The ending of the mask mandate on June 15th was a mistake. We’re seeing the possible results now. Plus the unvaccinated are apparently fueling the rise of the Delta variant. This whole pandemic has been mismanaged from the beginning.

Last edited 2 months ago by Observer
hifi5000
hifi5000
2 months ago

I am seeing all the statistics like you and am not happy with the increase of COVID infections,but I think this country for all that has happened is in a good place,relative to the rest of the world. The vaccination rates for other countries are: Australia 15.3%,New Zealand 14.5%,India 7.5%,Mexico 20% and Japan 29%. These countries are far behind the USA in fighting this virus.The USA is around 49%. No wonder some of these countries are still doing shutdowns and the like. Instead of getting depressed and angry over the statistics,maybe we should continue to getting everyone in the USA… Read more »

TomSmart
TomSmart
2 months ago

Yet again more proof that Asians are the smartest!

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