COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County hovered around the 700 mark for the third day in a row on Wednesday, October 13, while health officials reported another 17 virus-related deaths and 1,005 new cases.
The county department of public health also reported a steady decline in COVID cases among homeless people, with just 107 new cases reported this week, compared to about 188 per week in August. Health officials noted that the 107 new cases reported actually included 67 that occurred earlier, but were only recently classified as involving a homeless person.
Health officials said there have been seven COVID deaths among the homeless this week. During the pandemic so far, the county has reported 9,307 COVID cases among homeless people, and 244 deaths.
Meanwhile, the 17 new countywide COVID deaths reported on Wednesday raised the total county death toll from the virus to 26,353. The 1,005 new cases gave the county a cumulative epidemic total of 1,473,410.
According to state data, there were 698 COVID positive patients in county hospitals as of Wednesday, up from 684 on Tuesday. This was the third consecutive day of increase in the number of COVID hospitalizations in the county. Of the hospitalized patients, 193 were being treated in intensive care units, up from 181 on Tuesday.
Despite the increase for three consecutive days, the number of COVID patients in county hospitals has declined 36-fold in the past 44 days.
The rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus in the county remained low at 1%.
“We are grateful to all those who are supporting and caring for our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness,” the county’s director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, said in a statement. “As we have seen over the past six months, reducing community transmission has a ripple effect of reducing cases among those most vulnerable – people experiencing homelessness, nursing home residents and those under the age of 12. The most powerful – even if not perfect – tool to slow spread and save lives and livelihoods are the three COVID-19 vaccines. Let us focus on vaccinating every neighborhood and everyone who has it right now There is no vaccination till now so that we can end this pandemic.”
Overall, 78% of eligible county residents 12 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 70% are fully vaccinated. Of the county’s total 10.3 million population, which includes 1.3 million children under the age of 12 who are ineligible for shots, 67% have had at least one dose, and 60% are fully vaccinated.