Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced Wednesday that 4,825 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the region. This is a record number of new cases. The previous high was 4,592 on July 16th.
However, Ferrer warned: “More than 2,000 cases are recorded in laboratory tests.” With that in mind, the director said, “We actually had about 1,000 more cases than we had a month ago.”
Ferrer noted the same about the new COVID-19 death report. According to her, 91 deaths from the virus have been recorded in the last 24 hours. 4,516 people have died in the county since the start of the pandemic.
Despite the mitigating factors, it is still “a higher number of deaths than we have ever seen,”; Ferrer said. The previous daily record for coronavirus-related deaths was 73, set on 14 July.
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Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Dr. Christina Ghaly said that “there is now a very gradual decrease in the number of hospitalizations”. The district model, she said, said it would continue for the next four weeks. She attributed this decline to a pairing of guidelines updated a few weeks ago.
Ghaly also said that these actions “completely led to a reduction in the actual baud rate” to 0.92. Any number below 1 means that each infected person transmits the virus to less than one other person.
Ghaly said the model now predicts that only 15 percent of the county’s population will be infected by December. Had the retraining measures not been taken, Ghaly says the model shows that about half of the county’s population would have been infected during the same period.
California also posted a record number of coronavirus deaths on Wednesday after reporting an unusually low number of COVID-related daily deaths in the past 72 hours. The new record was 197. That’s a 20 percent jump from the previous high of 159, recorded last Friday.
State and local officials said the number has been significantly lower recently due to delays caused by the new federal reporting process. For this reason, the number on Wednesday may be slightly increased due to the results of those daily tests.
This will happen just two days after the governor announced in his daily press conference that the state’s central valley is a new major area of concern.
Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday reported a total of 2,708 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the county public health department announced 51 new deaths from the virus. The department expects delays in announcing the backlog of cases in the coming days, with three hospitals not providing data today.
To date, there are a total of 178,642 positive COVID-19 cases and 4,426 deaths in the county. 2051 with coronavirus are currently hospitalized on Tuesday, with 18% of patients using ventilators. In total, the number of hospitalizations fell from an all-time high of 2,232 patients hospitalized on July 20, but from 2,017 on Monday.
These figures are incomplete due to delays in the new federal reporting obligation when local officials are awaiting information from the state. “We think there are still 6 hospitals [outstanding]Ferrer said.