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Monday, January 24, 2022

LA county reports highest single death in nearly 4 months

Los Angeles County reported 39 deaths on Wednesday, January 12, the most in nearly four months, while new cases once again jumped above 40,000 — yet another reminder that the current winter surge is a spurt on the Southland. The crisis persists.

The last time the daily death toll was so high, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Wednesday, was September 22, when the agency reported that 41 people had died from the virus. A day earlier, there were 15 deaths in the county.

The “disturbing rise” in cases, health officials said, likely reflects December’s spike in cases – a climb that has not yet peaked.

There is no stoppage in hospitals as well. Health officials reported Wednesday that 3,912 people were hospitalized in Los Angeles County, up from 3,766 the day before.

Perhaps more alarming is the recent spike in the number of patients in intensive care, which rose to 536 from 513 Tuesday, continuing a trend in which the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs exceeded 200 over the past eight days. has occurred. ,

But Dr. Christina Ghali, the county’s director of health services, said the omicron-fueled boom in hospitals is playing out differently than it did before, despite the rising number of patients. She said last fall, about one-third of COVID patients were injured in ICU care, but that number is only around 10% to 15% this time, in at least four county-run hospitals that offer other medical facilities. indicate situations. Center.

The 40,452 new cases reported on Wednesday also took the daily count above 40,000 for the fourth time in the last six days.

There have been 2,086,581 confirmed cases across the country since the pandemic began and 27,850 deaths.

Wednesday’s positivity rate was 20.4%.

And based on last week’s test results, the positivity rate among the county’s K-12 students and teachers rose to 14.1%, the DPH said. Last week, DPH identified 68,560 cases among LAUSD staff and students.

“As schools reopen across the country, we are seeing a large number of students and staff testing positive, which is an explosive rate of community spread,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, said in a statement on Wednesday. Shows.” “Given the importance of ensuring that our schools are safe for individualized learning, layering in security is one of the most sensible approaches.”

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