County officials continued to report “significant increases” in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and the testing positivity rate Saturday, announcing another 2,169 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional deaths.
The new numbers bring the county’s totals to 95,371 cases and 3,285 fatalities.
According the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, the 7-day average of daily new cases is over 1,900, an increase from the 1,379 average two weeks ago. There are 1,698 people currently hospitalized, which is higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen in recent weeks.
And, with test results now available for more than one million individuals, 9% are testing positive. The cumulative positivity rate has increased from 8% to 9%, and the 7-day average of the daily positivity rate has increased from 5.8% two weeks ago to 8.6%.
“We are at a critical moment in our COVID-19 recovery journey,” said Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health. “Over the last few weeks, businesses and public spaces have reopened, and many more people have been out and around others.”
“With increased contact among non-household members, there are many more opportunities for transmission of COVID-19, particularly if public health directives are not followed, and the data is now showing concerning trends,” she said.
While the average number of daily deaths from the virus has been dropping, the number of daily new cases is on the rise. According to the county, the seven-day average number of new cases was 1,979 as of Friday, up from 1,379 just two weeks ago.
Some officials have attributed the rise in overall cases to increases in testing, but Ferrer said repeatedly in recent days that the higher numbers, combined with rising levels of hospital visits and positivity rates, clearly demonstrate an increase in community spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Health officials said Friday the rise in cases hitting the county’s younger population particularly hard — likely reflecting reopenings of bars and restaurants and participation in this month’s mass demonstrations against police brutality.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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