Saturday’s figures brought the county’s total to 1,249,065 cases and 24,474 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
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According to state figures, 231 people were hospitalized in the county with COVID-19 on Saturday, up from 229 on Friday. There were 55 COVID patients in intensive care, up from 57 the day before.
Over the past few days, the daily number of new cases has reached levels not seen in about six weeks, as health officials have continued to urge people to get tested if they develop symptoms of the virus, even if they are vaccinated.
The county’s daily test positivity rate also rose, reported at 0.8% on Saturday, from 0.74% on Thursday.
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Thursday the county was seeing a slight but certain increase in average daily infections, hospitalizations and test positivity rates – but not enough to cause immediate concern over doping cases .
But she said with the continued spread of the infectious ‘Delta’ variant of the virus, which is responsible for endemic infections in India and parts of the UK, the small increases should be a warning to those who are not. not vaccinated to take other precautions, such as wearing a mask and social distancing.
She has repeatedly said that COVID-19 is now a pandemic of unvaccinated people – with black residents seeing a disproportionate share of the recent case and hospitalizations on the rise, reflecting their low vaccination rates.
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“Now that we have reopened and safety changes have been lifted in most settings, we need to continue to increase vaccinations,” Ferrer said on Friday. “While deaths from COVID-19 have declined dramatically in LA County, deaths that continue to occur are almost 100% among unvaccinated adults. Ninety-nine percent of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in LA County since January have not been vaccinated.
“Although masking and distancing remain effective ways to reduce transmission, the most powerful tool we have to limit cases and protect ourselves and others are COVID-19 vaccines,” she said. declared.
Ferrer highlighted the level of protection offered by COVID vaccines, releasing statistics showing that between December 7 and June 7, 99.6% of all new COVID infections in the county involved people who were not vaccinated. Of those hospitalized with the virus during this period, 98.7% were not vaccinated. And of those who died, 99.8% were not vaccinated.
As of June 20, more than 10.2 million doses of the vaccine had been administered in the county, with 67% of residents aged 16 and over having at least one dose and 58% fully vaccinated.
The county will continue to offer incentives for people to get vaccinated. Beginning Friday and until next Thursday, people 18 years of age and older who get vaccinated at sites operated by the County, City of Los Angeles or the Well Child and Family Center in St. John’s will be registered for have a chance to win one of two season pass packages. at Six Flags, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Natural History Museum, and the La Brea Tar Pits, as well as California Science Center ticket packs.
The competition is open to anyone who comes to one of the participating sites for a first dose of vaccine, or to anyone who obtains a second dose and brings with them a patient who received the first dose.
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