Los Angeles County Public Health officials reported 2,600 caller COVID-19 infections -- the 4th consecutive time supra 2,500 cases -- and 10 further deaths Saturday.
Health officials person repeatedly blamed the existent surge successful cases connected the highly infectious “Delta” variant of the virus.
The variant was archetypal discovered successful India and is blamed for rampant infections successful that country, on with outbreaks successful the United Kingdom. It is present spreading crossed the United States, contributing to rising lawsuit numbers and hospitalizations.
The complaint of summation successful cases successful the region betwixt July 3 and 16 was 135%. There are 688 radical with COVID-19 presently hospitalized successful L.A. County and 21% of those are successful the intensive attraction unit.
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Testing results are disposable for much than 7,241,000 people, with 16% of radical investigating positive. Saturday's regular trial positivity complaint was 4.9%.
The full fig of cases during the pandemic is present 1,281,760, portion the county's decease toll roseate to 24,624 fatalities connected Saturday.
The region Department of Public Health noted that unvaccinated radical are becoming infected astatine 5 times the complaint of transmission from conscionable 1 period ago.
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer released figures Thursday showing that afloat vaccinated radical are besides not immune from contracting the microorganism -- representing 20% of each infections during June. But she stressed that acknowledgment to the vaccines, the immense bulk of those radical are not becoming severely sick oregon hospitalized. And she said without the vaccines, the concern would beryllium overmuch worse.
LA County, erstwhile the nation’s COVID capitol, sees a 40% summation successful cases successful lone 24 hours. Robert Kovacik reports for NBC4 News astatine 11 p.m. connected July 22, 2021.
“If we didn't person 5.3 cardinal radical afloat vaccinated successful L.A. County, we would astir apt beryllium seeing astir treble the fig of cases today,'' Ferrer said successful a connection Friday. ``As cases proceed to rise, galore of america are trying to fig retired what steps to instrumentality to minimize vulnerability to the virus. For those eligible and not yet vaccinated, present would beryllium an important clip to get your vaccine due to the fact that our 3 vaccines each connection a batch of extortion to the vaccinated idiosyncratic and besides dilatory down the spread.
“For everyone, communal consciousness precautions including masking erstwhile indoors, predominant hand-washing and avoiding crowds volition trim your hazard portion allowing you to proceed to bask the activities you love.”
County figures released Thursday showed that among astir 4.85 cardinal afloat vaccinated residents from Jan. 19 done Tuesday, lone 6,520 tested affirmative for the virus, for a complaint of 0.13%. That's up from a complaint of 0.09% past week.
Of the afloat vaccinated radical successful that play who tested positive, lone 287 were hospitalized, for a complaint of 0.0059% of the vaccinated population, up from 0.0045% past week. There were 30 vaccinated radical who died, a complaint of 0.0006%.
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The astir caller figures provided by the region Thursday amusement that 5.3 cardinal of the county's astir 10.3 cardinal residents are afloat vaccinated, a complaint of astir 52%. About 1.3 cardinal region residents are ineligible for shots due to the fact that they are nether property 12.
Ferrer stressed the extortion offered by the vaccines, contempt the expanding numbers of vaccinated radical becoming infected, comparing their effectiveness to a car's spot belt.
“While spot belts don't forestall each atrocious happening that tin hap during a car accident, they bash supply fantabulous protection, truthful overmuch truthful that we each usage them routinely,” she said. “It wouldn't truly marque consciousness to not usage a spot loop conscionable due to the fact that it doesn't forestall each injuries from car accidents. Rejecting a COVID vaccine due to the fact that they don't connection 100% extortion truly ignores the almighty benefits we've experienced from those radical who person gotten vaccinated.”
Young Black and Latino residents proceed to person the lowest rates of vaccination successful the county. Black residents besides had the highest complaint of caller infections implicit the past month, astatine 181 per 100,000 residents.
COVID-19 cases successful LA County are present 20 times higher than they were conscionable a period agone and present vaccinated residents are besides investigating positive. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News connected Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Latino/a residents person traditionally had 1 of the highest infections rates passim the pandemic, but implicit the past month, achromatic residents accrued a higher rate, astatine 83 per 100,000 residents. Latinos had an corruption complaint of 62 per 100,000 residents.
Black residents besides had the highest complaint of hospitalizations implicit the month, followed by Latinos and whites.
In hopes of encouraging much radical to get vaccinated, the region is continuing to connection incentives. Through adjacent Thursday, anyone who gets vaccinated astatine sites operated by the county, the metropolis of Los Angeles oregon St. John's Well Child and Family Center volition beryllium entered for a accidental to triumph 1 of 7 three-concert summons packages astatine AEG venues, for a assortment of acts.