Lancaster, Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Studio City and Venice are among the latest hotspots of the coronavirus, officials said on Thursday, November 18, amid concerns about a possible post-holiday coronavirus surge. But the reasons remained unclear to investigators. There was a common theme though: the disease seemed to be spreading most among young adults.
From October 24 to November 6, LA County public health officials identified 10 cities in the region with the most cases, LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer reported Thursday.
Topping the list were Lancaster, with a 14-day rate of 338 cases per 100,000 people, Palmdale at 331 per 100,000 and Studio City at 301 per 100,000, according to metrics shared by Ferrer with reporters.
Ferrer said the metrics show a range of cities and neighborhoods that don’t necessarily fit a general pattern. On one hand, there is Lancaster, where the vaccination rate is relatively low – at 58%. But on the other hand, there is Studio City and Santa Clarita, where vaccination and testing rates are very high. For example, Studio City has a 79% vaccination rate.
The differences are important in the context of a broader push for more vaccinations, Ferrer said, which is why public health officials are investigating it.
Ferrer said the numbers don’t mean vaccination isn’t important. In fact, Ferrer insisted, “You have a much higher risk of getting infected, ending up in the hospital, and tragically passing away. So it’s quite obvious and hasn’t really changed for months now.” On a personal level, it’s that’s true.
But Ferrer said there may be something else going on in the communities that investigators don’t yet fully understand.
“I was a little disappointed that we couldn’t come away from it and say, ‘Yeah, that’s pretty obvious. These communities in the top 10 with high case rates recently are communities with low vaccination rates…’ But that’s not true here. It is,” Ferrer said.
In some cases, it may be that more people have not been infected in the past, as well as have not been vaccinated. But officials were demanding more data. But what is true, Ferrer said, in those top 10 communities the relatives of people who caught the disease were younger.
“One thing that jumps out is that the median age in all of these communities was very low,” Ferrer said. “I mean, it’s essentially — in the communities with the highest rates — it’s an epidemic that’s really driven by young people. When the average age is between 26 and 36, you know that both social and workplace But meeting each other is contributing.”
The list was a red flag heading into the second COVID-19-era holiday season.
The risk is still high across the country, with health officials worried about the potential for an increase after Thanksgiving Day.
After falling quite dramatically from mid-August to mid-October, hospitalizations from the disease have been delayed. The average daily rate of cases across the country has risen from an average daily rate of 8 cases per 100,000 to 9 cases per 100,000 this week.
The 81 cases per 100,000 have kept the county at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “substantial transmission” level for weeks.
On Thursday, the county confirmed 26 more deaths, adding to the 26,849 people who died of the disease here since February 2020. The county also confirmed another 1,088 cases, adding to the official total of 1,515,324 from last year.
Officials are taking heart from the lack of a boom now that it’s two weeks out from Halloween—which Ferrer attributed to over-vaccination of young people, and that families were just making good choices, including masking and socializing wherever possible. disturbances such as layering in security.
“We’re hoping that a similar layering of protection will make it possible for us to gather together without the risk of increased transmission,” Ferrer said, referring to the upcoming holiday.
But he and other public health officials are focusing on regions domestically – such as Colorado – and internationally – such as Europe – where case rates are trending upward, and hospital rooms are refilling. .
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The deteriorating outlook in the Midwest comes as booster shots are being made available to everyone in an increasing number of locations. Massachusetts and Utah became the latest to say that people 18 or older can roll up their sleeves for booster shots, and an advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is meeting Friday to discuss boosting boosters. has been
Cold-weather states dominated the fresh wave of cases over the past seven days, including New Hampshire, North Dakota and Wisconsin, according to federal data. But the Southwest also had trouble, with more than 90% of inpatient hospital beds in Arizona.
“I think there are some situations that might be a little different,” Ferrer said, referring to L.A. County. “We’ve invested a lot of support in our schools, … our schools are doing really well, where there’s a lot of transmission. But I think there’s a lot of risk with travel. We urge those Those who are traveling should travel only if they have been fully vaccinated.
“This is our second Thanksgiving during the pandemic and we want to avoid an uptick. We need to manage our Thanksgiving very carefully, so we can have a wonderful winter holiday too. ,