Los Angeles County reported 1,876 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 additional deaths linked to the virus on Saturday, November 20.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the latest figures brought the county’s cumulative totals to 1,518,732 cases and 26,999 deaths since the pandemic began.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals rose to 573 a day after another 11 people dropped below the 600 mark. According to state data, 149 of those patients were in intensive care, up from 144 on Friday.
The rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus as of Friday was 0.9%.
Health officials at the local and national level continue to fear a spike in cases with more indoor gatherings due to the upcoming winter holidays and colder weather.
On Thursday, the county’s director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, said the county appeared to have avoided any spike in cases after Halloween, attributing the higher numbers of vaccinated residents and other precautions. goes.
But she said case numbers are rising in several western states and Europe, providing an early warning of what could happen next if people loosen up about virus containment.
On Friday, Ferrer urged residents to get a booster dose of the vaccine.
“While vaccines continue to provide significant protection against the virus, data now shows that vaccine effectiveness declines enough over time that it is important to receive additional doses to better protect against the virus,” she said. “With a booster dose currently available for anyone who received a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago, or received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago, it is important that health Workers and their caregivers take advantage of easier access to these additional doses.
“With 4.8 million residents eligible for the booster, our hope is that many more individuals will come for this additional dose before the Thanksgiving holiday.”
Ferrer said Thursday that current figures suggest people who are not vaccinated are nine times more likely to be infected, and 67 times more likely to be hospitalized.
Ferrer said 82% of county residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, and 73% have been fully vaccinated. Of the county’s total population of 10.3 million people, 71% have received at least one dose, and 63% are fully vaccinated.
He said the number of people receiving the first dose of the vaccine increased sharply over the past week, mainly due to the expansion of vaccine availability to include children aged 5-11.
Black residents have the lowest vaccination rate at 54%, followed by Latina/O residents at 59%, whites at 72% and Asians at 80%.
Of the approximately 5.99 million residents who were fully vaccinated by November 16, 75,249 subsequently tested positive for the virus, a rate of 1.26%, Ferrer said. Of the vaccinated population, 2,528 have been hospitalized, at a rate of 0.042%, and 422 have died, at a rate of 0.007%.