LA County Reports 521 New Coronavirus Cases, 56 Deaths

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LA County Reports 521 New Coronavirus Cases, 56 Deaths


Los Angeles County public health officials on Saturday reported 521 new cases of the coronavirus and 56 related deaths. They said young people continue to drive community transmission of the virus, while older people are responsible for most of the deaths.
Of the cases reported on Saturday, 70% were in people under the age of 50, and 93% of the deaths were in people over 50, the county public health department said in a press release.

“Many young people are socializing with non-household members, raising concerns that asymptomatic young people are unknowingly helping to spread the virus to more vulnerable people,” said Barbara Ferrer. , LA County director of health, in a statement. “While we are making good progress with our vaccination efforts, we are entering a potentially perilous time if people let their guard down.”

The initial rollout of vaccines in California has accelerated in recent days, though the state still lags many others in terms of the percentage of residents vaccinated, and local officials continue to report demand exceeds by away the offer.

Meanwhile, more transmissible and potentially deadlier variants of the coronavirus continue to circulate. Experts are watching the settings closely to see if the variants lead to another wave of infections, as has been reported in Italy.

But case rates and hospitalizations in Southern California continued to drop. There were 792 COVID-19 patients in LA County hospitals on Friday, a drop of about 33% from two weeks earlier, when there were 1,176.

Orange County reported a similar trend. The county recorded 118 new cases and 26 deaths on Saturday. There were 197 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals on Friday, a drop of nearly 39% from two weeks earlier.

Los Angeles and Orange counties recently moved into the less restrictive red level of the state’s reopening plan, meaning restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and museums were able to reopen for indoor operations with capacity limits, some schools were allowed to re-welcome students in person, and people were allowed to resume indoor gathering with members of up to three other households, provided they were wearing clothing. masks and socially distant.

Public health officials stress that while some activities are allowed, that doesn’t mean they’re safe, and it’s always important to follow health guidelines, including masking, keeping away and washing frequently. hands.

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