Los Angeles County, on Friday, May 13, reported its highest single-day number of new COVID-19 cases since mid-February – when the region was still in the grip of an Omicron-powered winter surge – and health officials Said that the spike shows further evidence of continued high transmission of the coronavirus.
The county reported 4,025 COVID-19 infections on Friday.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county also rose to 298, up from 267 a day earlier. The number of patients treated in intensive care rose from 25 on Thursday to 33.
“If you are not fully vaccinated and promoted, please consider doing so now to maximize protection against the more infectious forms currently circulating,” County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. Do it.”
The new cases reported on Friday raised the county’s cumulative total from the pandemic to 2,907,721.
Six more virus-related deaths were reported on Friday, taking the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 32,022.
The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus stood at 2.8% on Friday, up from 2.6% the day before.
Ferrer said on Thursday that the average daily number of new cases reported last week rose to more than 2,600, up about 20% from a week earlier.
The county’s transmission rate also continues to rise, with an average daily rate of 26 per 100,000 residents, up from 21 a week ago.
More specifically, the seven-day cumulative rate reached 176 per 100,000 residents.
If that number rises above 200 per 100,000 residents, it would move Los Angeles County to a moderate to low-transmission rate as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The continued increase could potentially lead to the re-imposition of public health regulations, such as the wearing of indoor masks.
However, the rate of rising cases has not resulted in a normally anticipated increase in virus-related hospitalizations or deaths.
Ferrer said the county has an average of four virus-related deaths per day. The number of COVID-19 positive patients in county hospitals has also remained relatively stable.
A variety of factors were keeping the number of hospitalizations and deaths from rising, Ferrer said, including widespread vaccination, natural immunity from previous infections and the availability of therapeutics aimed at reducing infections before they develop into serious illness. is included.
But, he said, another factor was the relatively low infection rates in the age groups most vulnerable to the development of serious illness from COVID-19. The county currently has the lowest infection rate among residents age 80 and older, followed by children under the age of 5.
The highest infection rate is currently in the 12 to 17 age group, followed by 18 to 29 and then 30 to 49 age group.
Ferrer again noted the growing threat facing unvaccinated residents, saying they are five times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 16 times more likely to die than their vaccinated counterparts.
She also pointed to a recent study showing that prescribed vaccinations prevented more than 1.5 million infections during the first 10 months in California, along with 72,000 hospitalizations and 19,000 deaths.
“There are hundreds of mobile and fixed sites across the country that provide free vaccines through appointment or walk-in,” Ferrer said in a statement.
“We are also providing vaccines and boosters at community events and pop-up vaccination clinics at community sites,” he said, “by partnering with schools and community-based organizations to provide vaccinations at priority school and work sites.” Offered, and offered vaccines in his home to those who cannot go to the medical office or pharmacy.”