Targeting the new COVID-19 case in Los Angeles County; Officials warn against spring travel

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – The number of new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County has reached over 2,200, the highest single-day total in nearly two weeks, hampering the generally declining trend in new infection numbers.

According to figures released Thursday, hospital admissions continued to decline, and the current rate of people testing positive for the virus in the county dropped to 7.%%, compared to the statewide rate of 7.1%.

As of Thursday, 1,341 people had been hospitalized in the county, including 429 in intensive care, according to state statistics.

But there have been 2,253 new infections in the county, the highest single-day number since Feb. 20, when 2,393 cases were reported. Health officials said they would closely monitor the new case numbers and other indicators, in the hope that a bump trend could not occur.

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The total number has risen since the epidemic began at 1,198,178 in 67 new cases reported by health officials in Long Beach and 13 reported by Pasadena.

The county also announced another 119 Covid-19 deaths, with Long Beach and Pasadena one additional casualty each. The new death brings the county’s death toll to 21,780.

The county’s public health director, Barbara Ferrer, noted Wednesday that the daily death toll from the virus has remained in the three digits, despite other COVID metrics turning down. She said as the number of hospitals continues to decline, she hopes mortality will also begin to decline.

Health officials issued another warning against leisure travel, in light of the upcoming spring break, emphasizing that anyone traveling in the area still has to be kept separate for 10 days upon returning to Los Angeles County.

“We can only stay away from reducing transmission in LA County for weeks to allow the extra to reopen.” Others could lead to a surge that would be almost impossible to tolerate. Travel increases the risk of COVID-19. To avoid this, please Postpone the journey and do your part to slow down the spread so that our recovery journey does not come to a halt. “

Ferrer said Wednesday that the county has confirmed the first case of the Covid variant found in Brazil for the first time, and the number of cases of the variant emerging in the United Kingdom has risen to 27, a jump of 0% to 18 cases. Last week. And as California’s variables become more and more prevalent, county officials have found changes in 31 of the 55 samples specifically tested for it.

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Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin News announced Wednesday that New York’s first-of-its-kind cases have been found in Southern California, although he did not specify. These variables are thought to pass easily from one person to another, and federal authorities have expressed concern that New York types may be more resistant to current vaccines.

The emergence of the variable, while not unexpected, keeps health officials at bay, as Covid’s condition continues to improve.

Los Angeles County is on track to exit the restricted purple level of the state’s four-tier economic-opening road map by the end of March. If it moves to a less-restricted red level, more businesses could be cleared to open, including indoor dining, movie theaters and fitness centers, all with limited capacity.

The state’s average daily rate of new Covid-19 infections is 7.2 per 100,000 residents, according to figures released Tuesday by the state. If that number comes to 7 per 100,000 inhabitants and stays at that level for two weeks, the county could move beyond the state’s “blueprint for safer economy,” the restricted purple level and into the red level.

Meanwhile, the state announced a major policy change on Thursday, diverting 40% of all vaccine supplies to people from low-income communities affected by the epidemic. In conjunction with that shift, when the state reaches the number of vaccination targets in those communities, it will adjust the case rate needed to proceed more smoothly in the blueprint by reopening the counties.

Going to the red level of the blueprint will also allow students in grades 12-12 to start instruction on an individual basis. The county already meets the individual class requirements for pre-kindergarten from sixth grade.

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