LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County’s hospitals continued to decline Sunday, falling from 1,537 on Saturday to 1,480, according to the state.
The number of intensive care patients also fell from 445 to 433.
What you need to know
- The number of coronavirus patients in LA County’s hospitals continued to decline Sunday, falling to 1,480 from 1,537 on Saturday
- The number of intensive care patients also fell from 445 to 433
- The latest numbers come a day after the county’s health officials reported 36 additional deaths related to the virus and 2,097 new cases of COVID-19
- Approximately 90% of all local COVID-19-related deaths have occurred in people with an underlying health condition
The latest numbers come a day after the county health authorities reported 36 additional deaths related to the virus and 2,097 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 1,416,919 cases and 25,434 deaths since the pandemic began.
About 90% of all local COVID-19-related deaths were among people with underlying health conditions, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health. The most common illnesses were high blood pressure (55% of deaths), diabetes (43%) and heart disease (29%).
Meanwhile, officials have also confirmed the presence of what is known as the mu variant of the virus, which is described as highly contagious and has the potential to bypass vaccines. The county health department discovered 167 cases of the mu variant, all between June 19 and August 21, most of which were found in July.
The mu variant – officially called the “interesting variant” by the World Health Organization – was first discovered in Colombia in January and has since been detected in 39 countries. Some initial reviews of the variant have shown that it has the potential to bypass currently available vaccines. However, in a statement Friday, county health officials said “more studies are needed to determine whether the Mu variant is more contagious, lethal, or more resistant to vaccines and treatments than other COVID-19 strains”.
The delta variant remains the dominant COVID-19 strain circulating in the county. Delta is described by the WHO as a “questionable variant”.
“The identification of variants such as mu and the spread of variants around the world underscores the need for LA Counties to continue to take steps to protect themselves and others,” Ferrer said. “This is what makes it so important to get vaccinated and take protective measures. These are measures that break the chain of transmission and limit the spread of COVID-19 that will allow the virus to mutate into something that could be more dangerous. “
Ferrer noted on Thursday that the number of new infections in the county has decreased. Ferrer said the county’s seven-day cumulative disease rate was 159 per 100,000 residents last week, a 16% decrease from the previous week and 22% less than the high of 204 per 100,000 in mid-August.
The rate of people in the district who tested positive for the virus rose from 2.97% the previous day to 3.3% on Friday.
Among the eligible residents of the district aged 12 and over, 75% have received at least one dose of vaccination, while 65% are fully vaccinated.
Ferrer re-announced the effectiveness of the vaccines, saying that of the nearly 5.3 million residents who were fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, 37,614 tested positive for the virus, a rate of 0.71%, while 1,049 were hospitalized which corresponds to a rate of 0.02%. . Of those fully vaccinated, 118 died, a rate of 0.0022%.