Daily Update for Monday, August 30, 2021
- LA County Cases 1,403,053 (up from 1,400,837)
- LA County Deaths 25,245 (up from 25,240)
- LA Positivity Rate 2.31% (down from 2.75%)
- LA Hospitalizations 1692 (down from 1708)
There tends to be under reporting from the weekend – however – all numbers are down. 2,231 new COVID cases announded in LA County yesterday along with 5 unnecessary and preventable deaths. Positivity rate declines and hospitalizations drop.
HOSPITAL PATIENTS IN LA SKEW YOUNGER
Front page of the CA section in LA Times today – headline reads:
“Hospital Patients Skew Younger. Unvaccinated and otherwise relatively healthy people are filling up more beds and are more likely to enter the ICU, county data shows”
Among adults and the oldest teenagers who were in the hospital with COVID 19, the median age of the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated patients is 51. That’s notably younger than the median age of fully vaccinated patients which is 66.
Fully vaccinated people were also less likely to need admission in the ICU or to have such difficulty breathing that they need to be sedated and have a breathing tube inserted into their mouth and windpipe.
About 1 in 12 fully vaccinated people hospitalized with COVID had no underlying health conditions. By contrast, 1 in 5 unvaccinated people hospitalized with COVID had no underlying health conditions. This means that fully vaccinated people who were sick enough to require hospitalization were much more likely to have chronic diseases. This same reality is also playing out down in the OC.
PACE OF VACCINATIONS IS INCREASING
Federal officials said that they are encouraged that the pace of vaccinations has picked up. So far this month, 12.5 million first doses of vaccinations have been administered across the country. That’s 2 million more cases than in all of July.
DELTA VARIANT DRAGS THE US ECONOMY. WEST HOLLYWOOD CITY COUNCIL CONTINUES TO IGNORE COVID IMPACTS AND HARMS WEHO BUSINESS COMMUNITY
The business section of the LA Times has a 1/3 page article on Delta’s impact on the US Economy. The reports are coming out for August and the results are not good.
Airlines – the number of travelers moving through airport check points has started to drop again. Last Tuesday, 1.47 million travelers took flights – the fewest flyers in more than 3 months, according to TSA data . There’s been a deceleration in leisure booking and an increase in cancellations. The delay in companies returning to offices has also diminished business air travel.
Restaurant dining – Seated dining at US restaurants has been running about 10% to 11% below 2019 levels in recent weeks after narrowing the gap to just 5-6% in late July according to Open Table. The primary driver of the downturn is diner’s concerns about the rise in COVID cases.
Hotel Occupancy – Has now declined for four consecutive weeks according to STR, a lodging data tracker. Average room rates have declined for 3 weeks. Among 25 large US markets, NONE saw increased occupancy in the week that ended August 21st. Occupancy has dropped by 40% in San Francisco – the most of any market. There is a chill on travel caused by Delta variant case increases.
Job Listings – Labor demand is predicted to drop if psople cut back on travel, eating out and other services spending.
WEST HOLLYWOOD COUNCIL POISED TO HURT WEHO BUSINESS COMMUNITY. AGAIN.
And with all this grim economic news being caused by COVID, what is the West Hollywood City Council doing? Harming and threatening to harm our City’s travel, night life and dining services.
Recently, the council passed 4-1 a hotel ordinance that significantly increases overtime rates and decreases room square footage cleaned by hotel maids (and also diminishes number of new jobs for hotel maids) over the major protest by West Hollywood’s 21 hotels. The only sensible one on the council was Mayor Lauren Meister. The hotels are taking a major hit from the City Council just as they are struggling to get back on their feet. But the hotel union UNITE HERE played heavily in the campaigns to elect Lindsay Horvath, John Erickson and Sepi Shyne and demanded this ordinance – even though it is going to cause long term consequences for the hotels. Wehoville publisher Larry Block and Chamber of Commerce Chairman Nick Rimedio did their best to try and stop it – but the council pushed the harmful ordinance through.
And now what?
New councilman John Erickson is attempting to raise the minimum wage in West Hollywood to be higher than any other city in the State of California. This will severely hit all the restaurants, bars and nightclubs – some of whom were closed for 15 months due to COVID and are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Now? A minimum wage increase now when these businesses are doing their best to recover? Our Weho residents love our restaurants, bars and night clubs! Don’t kick them when they are down! Hopefully the council will realize this is not the right place and right time for this idea. Wait. Let the businesses get back on their feet and repay their outstanding debts before you saddle them with an across the board minimum wage increase. John D’Amico and Sepi Shyne please! Don’t hurt our travel/tourism/nightlife right now! They are just coming up for air! Genevieve Morrill and the Chamber of Commerce need Weho Residents to speak up and tell the Council to back off and cut the business community some slack while they recuperate.
Hoping that Larry Block at Wehoville and Paulo Murillo at Weho Times and Troy Masters at the LA Blade watch and cover this issue in the upcoming months. Weho has a Golden Goose that lays the Golden Eggs: Hotels, nightlife and restaurants. That’s our local economy. Don’t kill the Golden Goose during COVID!
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