Infectious Coronaviruses Now Probably Found in LA


LOS ANGELES, CA – Coronavirus hospitalizations are in place across Los Angeles with new COVID-19 cases, a disturbing trend in community transmission appears to be on the rise.Health officials on Tuesday reported a total of 2,614 new cases across the country, as well as 34 more deaths and a total of 1,515 hospitalizations. Although the county has seen a slight increase in the number of hospitalizations, the recent averages of between 1,350 and 1,450 are still below the pandemic highs of more than 1,900. The county is not in immediate danger of ‘hospitals to be swamped with coronavirus cases, said the county director of health services, Dr Christina Ghaly. However, if the spread of the virus continues to accelerate, it could threaten the availability of the intensive care unit beds, she warned.

What is responsible for the health is the escalation in the proportion of people who test positive for the virus. The percentage of people testing positive in the past seven days increased by 8.8%, up 8.4% on Monday and 5.8% just 11 days ago. The trend suggests that the virus is spreading in the community. The new cases raised the county a total of 88,512. So far 3,172 Angelenos have died from COVID-19.

County public health director Barbara Ferrer said last week that some of the recent daily reports of more than 2,000 new cases were due in part to delays in reporting from select test labs. But that was not the case on Monday, when she said the increases are an indication that the community of the virus’s spread is on the rise.

The bottom line is that Angelenos can expect to contact contagious people regularly while out and about.

Ghaly said a case analysis, figures and estimates on Monday about one in each of 400 Los Angeles County residents is currently “infectious”, which means they have the virus but do not have symptoms and n have not been officially diagnosed, and therefore are not hospitalized or in isolation. Taking into account a margin of error, that many of the infectious diseases of people could range from one in every 200 residents to one in 750 residents.

“What that means is that Angelenos on a typical day are likely to interact with a number of people who are potentially infectious,” Ghaly said.

Such an increase was expected when the county started to reopen businesses a month ago, leading to more people from their homes and interacting with other people. Although none of the case clusters have been specifically linked to the recent mass protests against police brutality, Ferrer said it is very likely that these marches – many of which included a large number of people without masks, and ignoring social-distancing mandates – has caused more of the virus to spread.

The increase in the number of cases is often attributed to a greater number of people tested, and health officials trying to track the spread of the disease have been more closely watching them for other key factors, such as the number hospitalizations, positive test rate and transmission rate – the number of people, on average, that a patient coronavirus transmits the virus.

Continued increases in hospitalizations and positive test results may increase the county’s ability to re-impose firm closings and more strict stay-at-home orders to avoid overloading hospitals.

“Public Health will continue to monitor the data closely to see how the increase in cases and positivity rates affect the number of daily hospitalizations in the coming weeks,” said a statement from DPH County. “Our common goal is to prevent a huge surge of COVID-19 cases in healthcare facilities. ”

Authorities have stressed the need for people to take precautions when venturing out in public – wearing face cloth for floor coverings and to maintain a distance of at least six feet from people outside their household.

Tuesday’s county also reported a problem with the online booking system on test sites. According to the county, all tests of this week’s nominations are full. County officials said the problem was due to the City of Los Angeles switching its online registration system to a new provider, scaling back the number of screening sites and blocking all appointments to the beyond Wednesday that the change is made.

Health officials said the end of the day, county, reservation site testing will open appointments to select headquarters on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

City, Information Service and Patch staff member Paige Austin contributed to this story.


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