Los Angeles County, which recently appeared headed for another lockdown in the event of an escalation of coronavirus cases, is now seeing fewer hospitalizations and a lower rate of transmission to health officials. they said Wednesday that they are evidence that people are calling for a change in their behavior.
The nation’s most populous county said 2,045 people were hospitalized, 28% of them in intensive care units. But the number of new hospitalizations is showing a “very gradual decline” and projections call for a small reduction in cases over the next four weeks, said Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of the Department of Health Services. -count.
The county has seen an additional 91deaths – a new daily record due to part of the remaining reporting – but the number of fatalities has generally been declining since May, county Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.
Ghaly said that statistically, the transmission rate shows that each infected person is passing the virus to less than another person.
“While we are seeing the results of strict adherence to best practices – such as wearing overcoats, hand washing, quarantine and isolation, physical breakdown – these practices need to continue, “Ghaly said.
The county had fallen into its COVID-19 cases after months of home break orders that closed many businesses, beaches and other recreation areas and banned large social gatherings. But after those health orders were eased, the virus began to rise in early June, prompting the Gavin Newsom Government to re-impose some closure orders earlier this month.
The county’s declining hospital rate “doesn’t coincide with the reopening of reopening at the local and state level a few weeks ago,” Ghaly said.
Each of California’s 58 countries now has COVID-19 cases. Modoc County on Tuesday confirmed its first two cases. The remote county bordering Oregon and Nevada was the first to challenge state closure orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
At the state level, California reported 197 additional deaths on Tuesday – a new record for a harsh day – and nearly 8,800 new cases. The state has now had more than 466,500 cases and more than 8,500 deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Los Angeles County played a significant role in these figures, with more than 183,000 cases confirmed and more than 4,500 deaths.
Earlier this month, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had warned that the situation in LA had become so dire that a city lockdown could be needed. But on Wedesday, he said there would be no additional closures if signs of hope continue.
The county estimated one in 450 residents was infectious, down from one in 320 last week, Garcetti said, and he urged people to follow health and safety measures.
“This is a make-or-break moment for Los Angeles in our response to COVID-19,” he said.
The county on Wednesday reported more than 4,800 additional cases but Ferrer said this was due to backlog of about 2,000 positive test results from the state’s reporting system.
The reduction in the transmission rate means that only 15% of county residents will have been infected by COVID-19 by December, while higher rates could drop to 50%, Ferrer said.
“In fact, as a community we are absolutely capable of controlling this virus again,” Ferrer said. “We’ve come a long way just by controlling our own behaviors in a few short weeks.”
But she added: “Whether this is a trend we will be able to sustain over the next few days and weeks remains to be seen.”
For many people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up within two to three weeks. For some – especially older adults and people with existing health problems – this can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.