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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

LA County Posts Over 40,000 COVID Cases; the number of hospitals increased again

More than 40,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Los Angeles County on Friday, January 14, as the easily transmitted Omicron version of the virus continued to make its impact, especially in hospitals, where patient numbers continue to rise .

As of Friday, there were 4,257 COVID positive people in county hospitals, up from 4,175 on Thursday, according to state data. A total of 600 of those patients were being treated in intensive care, up from 586 the day before.

Officials from the County Department of Public Health said the 600 patients represent about 25% of all ICU patients in the county, a rate seen during the recent COVID infection surge due to a previous delta variant. is at the top. During that summer, COVID patients represented only 20% of the total ICU patients.

As of Friday, more than 80% of all adult ICU beds in the county were occupied, according to the county.

Overall, the number of COVID patients is still well below the number seen last winter, when the number was above 8,000, but hospitals are still straining due to critical staffing and other issues that cripple the capacity of medical centers. Confines to expand their patient space the way they did for a year. First.

Health officials again urged residents to avoid going to emergency rooms unless absolutely necessary, and not to go to the ER to be tested for COVID.

“As Omicron grows in LA County, there are many challenges and disappointments to hit,” County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “The enormous stress experienced by our health care workers can be reduced by reducing transmission of the virus so that fewer people seek medical care.

“And while it may feel like there isn’t much we can do to protect ourselves and others from getting infected, and that being infected is not a big deal, neither is an accurate assessment of the current situation,” she said. said . “Avoiding non-essential activities where the risk of transmission is high because people are crowded together indoors and without a mask will reduce your risk. Wearing a high-grade and well-fitting mask will block the particles of the COVID virus. And given that unvaccinated people are two to four times more likely to become infected than vaccinated people, vaccination and promotion will result in less spread.

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“With thousands of people seriously ill from Covid and deaths rising every day, it is too risky for many to not take precautions and make strategic decisions to reduce community transmission.”

The county reported 48 additional COVID-19 deaths on Friday, raising the death toll from the virus to 27,942 since the pandemic began.

The 40,535 new infections announced on Friday raised the county’s total case count from the pandemic to 2,172,008.

As of Friday the rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 19%.

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