Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced Wednesday that the region had recorded 4,825 new coronavirus infections. That’s a record number of new cases. The previous high was 4,592 on July 16.
However, Ferrer warned, “More than 2,000 of those cases come from backlog in lab reporting.” Taking into account, the director said, “we are really about 1,000 cases higher than we were a month ago.”
Ferrer noted the same about the new COVID-19 death report. She said the number of those killed by the virus recorded in the last 24 hours was 91. The total number of deaths in the county since the pandemic began is now 4,516.
Despite the mitigating factors, that’s still “a higher death toll than we’ve ever seen,” Ferrer said. The previous record for daily coronavirus deaths was 73, set on 14 July.
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Los Angeles County Health Department Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said that “we are now seeing a very gradual decline in the number of hospitals.” The county model, said it indicated a continuation of that in the next four weeks. She attributed this decline to the pairing back of the opening of the guidelines a couple of weeks ago.
Ghaly also said those actions “absolutely led to a reduction in the effective transmission rate” to 0.92. Each number under 1 means that each infected person passes the virus to less than another person.
Ghaly said the model now predicts that only 15 percent of county residents will be infected by December. If readmission measures had not been taken, Ghaly says the model shows that about half of the county’s residents would have been infected in the same period.
After reporting an unusually low number of COVID-related deaths over the past 72 hours, California also announced that it had announced a record number of coronavirus fatalities on Wednesday. The new height was 197. That’s a 20 percent jump from the previous high of 159, recorded last Friday.
State and local officials said the numbers were significantly lower recently due to delays caused by a new federal reporting process. As a result, Wednesday’s number may be a bit bloated due to those daily test results.
That comes just two days after the governor announced at his daily news conference that the state’s Central valley was the new main area of concern.
Los Angeles County officials Tuesday reported a total of 2,708 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 numbers, with the county Department of Public Health announcing 51 new deaths from the virus. The department said it anticipates receiving backlog of cases in the coming days due to delays in reporting, with three hospitals not reporting data today.
With the new cases, the county has a total of 178,642 positive COVID-19 cases and 4,426 deaths to date. On Tuesday there are 2,051 hospitalizations related to the current coronavirus, with 18% of those patients on ventilators. Total hospitals are down from the highest level of 2,232 hospitalized patients on July 20, but up from 2,017 on Monday.
And those numbers are incomplete due to delays in the new reporting process with a federal mandate that has local officials awaiting information from the state. “We think there are still 6 hospitals [outstanding], “Said Ferrer.