The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals decreased from 20 to 638 on Sunday, October 17, a day after an increase of 20 people.
The number of those patients in intensive care rose from 182 to 184, according to state figures.
The county’s COVID patient count has fluctuated in recent days after weeks of steady declines, rising for three straight days, then falling for two straight days before increasing Saturday .
Local health officials reported 898 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths on Sunday, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 1,477,686 cases and 26,414 deaths since the pandemic began.
The number of cases and deaths announced on Sunday reflects a delay in reporting over the weekend.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Saturday that the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to account for 100% of the COVID-19 strains seen among samples sequenced in the region.
Health officials are urging residents to plan for a safe Halloween. Officials reminded people that closed spaces with poor airflow, crowded places with many people nearby, and close contact settings where people are talking, laughing, shouting, or together Loud breathing is the most dangerous environment for contracting the virus and should be avoided at all. Cost.
“The safest activities will be those that are outdoors, including outdoor costume parties, pumpkin patch visits, outdoor ghost tours, hayrides, and trick-or-treating – when done safely,” the department said. “Aim to be outside wherever possible, especially if you are with individuals, including children who have not yet been vaccinated; if your home is not crowded or are in close contact with others , then a mask covering the nose and mouth should be worn.
More information for residents, businesses and event organizers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the holidays can be found at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/holidays.htm.
Meanwhile, county health officials are gearing up to offer more COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, with federal approval for Johnson & Johnson and Moderna moving to additional doses of the vaccination.
A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel Friday recommended a booster dose of the J&J vaccine for adults to be administered at least two months after receiving the initial shot. The panel on Thursday recommended a booster for the Moderna vaccine, which is given at least six months after a person has received a second two-dose regimen.
Public Health Department officials have insisted that the county is well equipped to begin administering booster doses once final federal approval is received, although they continued to stress the need for unvaccinated people for their first dose. .
“We can expect a booster option in the near future from all the COVID-19 vaccines available in the country,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Friday. “In the near future, we expect millions more LA County residents to qualify for a booster. For those who are older, have underlying health conditions, or are at high risk of exposure to a workplace, please be eligible. Plan to get your booster after. This will allow your immune system to respond more effectively to the virus. As we prepare for cold weather and the holidays, the first, second or third dose of a COVID vaccine Getting through should be very high on our list.”
Ferrer continued the slow pace of vaccinating people on Thursday, saying only 41,000 first doses were given across the county during the week ending Sunday. “The one thing we need to do as a community to reduce our risk of another surge is that we need to reduce the number of people who are unvaccinated,” she said.
According to Ferrer, 79% of eligible county residents age 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 70% are fully vaccinated. Of the total 10.3 million population, including those ineligible for shots, 68% have received at least one dose, and 60% have been fully vaccinated.