Tue. Aug 4th, 2020

3,322 New COVID-19 Cases In LA; Reports Show CA Fumbled Response

Los Angeles County health officials reported 3,322 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 more deaths Sunday, amid new reports that the state fumbled its early efforts to contain the virus.

Sunday’s update brings the county’s totals to 133,549 confirmed cases and 3,809 fatalities.

Meanwhile, a new report by the Los Angeles Times suggests that health officials in California were unable to trace and test for the coronavirus from the get-go, starting with federal officials’ strict criteria limiting who could get tested due to a shortage of testing kits.

As a result, California’s contact tracers never learned about one family in Los Angeles County who came down with fevers shortly after returning from China in January but never got tested, the Times reported.

In addition, L.A. County’s public health lab was woefully inefficient at testing its case specimens, and insufficient testing continued to hamper containment efforts here through June, according to the Times.

As of Sunday’s update, hospitalizations continue to rise, with 2,093 people currently hospitalized, 26% of them in intensive care units and 19% on ventilators. Those numbers remain substantially higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen four weeks ago, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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