LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Hospital admissions for COVID-19 declined in Los Angeles County for the ninth straight day on Wednesday, while virus outbreaks in extra-curricular settings also decreased from last week, but an additional 49 COVID- Reported deaths.
The new deaths brought the county’s total death toll from the pandemic to 25,514. The county reported an additional 2,006 COVID infections, bringing the total number of the pandemic to 1,423,620.
What you need to know
- LA County reported an additional 49 COVID deaths on Wednesday
- According to the state, there were 1,385 COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County’s hospitals on Wednesday, up from 1,433 on Tuesday
- There were 417 people in the intensive care unit, up from 415 the day before
- The moving average daily rate of people tested positive for the virus was 3.3% on Wednesday, up from 2.7% on Tuesday
According to the state, there were 1,385 COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County’s hospitals on Wednesday, up from 1,433 on Tuesday. There were 417 people in the intensive care unit, up from 415 the day before.
The rolling average daily rate of people who tested positive for the virus was 3.3% on Wednesday, up from 2.7% on Tuesday.
The county’s health department reported that it is investigating 258 ongoing COVID outbreaks in extra-curricular settings, most of them in residential settings. The number of outbreaks is down from 300 outbreaks investigated a week ago.
According to the county, business inspections conducted in late August and early September generally showed good health compliance, although it “found some room for improvement, particularly with masking employees and customers in fitness centers, bars, warehouses and clothing factories. “
“We are grateful to all companies that adhere to security measures and masking requirements as these protections are critical to preventing the transmission of viruses and COVID-19 outbreaks into businesses and the community,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for the county , in a opinion. “Although we’ve seen a decrease in new cases and hospital admissions, COVID-19 deaths have not decreased and transmission remains high. Without a significant increase in the number of eligible residents vaccinated, there is a risk of cases rising this fall and winter as COVID-19 is easily spread among the unvaccinated. “
According to the district, about 56% of the district’s 10.3 million residents – including those who are not eligible because they are under 12 years old – are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Last week, health officials 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. According to the health department, 167 cases of the mu variant were discovered in the district between June 19 and August 21, most of them in July.
The mu variant – officially called the “variant of interest” 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”.