COVID-19 hospitalizations rose for the second day in a row in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, October 12, although the total number of patients affected by the virus remained dramatically below the level it reached during the peak of summer.
According to state data, there were 684 COVID positive patients in county hospitals as of Tuesday, up from 667 on Monday and 656 on Sunday. Of the hospitalized patients, 181 were being treated in intensive care units, down from 195 on Monday.
Despite the increase for two consecutive days, the number of COVID patients in county hospitals has declined 36-fold over the past 43 days.
The county public health department reported 16 new deaths on Monday, bringing the county’s death toll from the virus to 26,336. Officials have said that nearly 90% of the deaths linked to COVID-19 occurred in people with underlying health conditions.
Another 742 new COVID infections were also confirmed on Tuesday, officials said, adding that the relatively small number was the result of ongoing reporting delays from the weekend and the Columbus Day holiday on Monday.
The new infections raised the county’s cumulative case count from the entire pandemic to 1,472,419.
The rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus in the county remained low at 0.8%.
Continuing their push to get pregnant women and new mothers vaccinated, public health officials released updated numbers showing that as of October 5, 13,161 pregnant women have tested positive for the virus in the county. Of the 12,919 births in which testing information was available, 63 infants tested positive for the virus. Twelve pregnant women have died of COVID-19 in the county.
“Together with the CDC and pregnancy experts, we strongly recommend expectant and new mothers to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “According to a CDC study on pregnant and recently pregnant women with COVID-19, symptomatic pregnant women have more than two times the risk of needing ICU admission and death compared to non-pregnant symptomatic women. 70% of the risk increases.
“The evidence continues to highlight the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, but also shows a risk for pregnant women when they are not vaccinated and get COVID-19,” she said.
Overall, 78% of eligible county residents aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 70% are fully vaccinated. Of the county’s total 10.3 million population, which includes 1.3 million children under the age of 12 who are ineligible for shots, 67% have had at least one dose, and 60% are fully vaccinated.