“As of today, one in three people in Los Angeles County is infected with the virus,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday.
The county estimates that a third of the 10 million people in the county have been infected with the virus at some point since the outbreak began. That equates to more than three times the number of infections that have been confirmed through county testing so far.
The mayor then said local officials were closely watching the increase in case numbers.
“District bosses are… trying to figure out if there should be a further closure,” Garcetti said. “I think it’s a clear category: whether the school is open, the indoor gymnasium, the public youth league.”
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“If there is an impending shutdown, it is the result of something, for example, if we find another outbreak due to the spread of something like the UK.”
Likewise, Garcetti said, “If things continue to go down a bit or drop sooner, it may not need to be shut down again. But the moment it increases, as we see in December, at every beat like that for sure. That’s something we can’t cure, and most importantly our hospital can’t, and we’ll go into crisis mode there. ”
Speaking of which, another 17,323 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in LA County Thursday. That rose 18% in 24 hours, raising the overall death toll from the virus to 975,299, pushing the county closer to its 1 million primary target.
The death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise in L.A., with some 1,700 deaths from the confirmed virus in the past week alone. The past three days have killed nearly 900 people in the region.
The county’s health ministry announced 287 more deaths from the virus Thursday, bringing the total death toll during the epidemic to 13,234.Health officials previously noted about 170 deaths. Day-to-day people from all other reasons combined
As of Thursday, the county has reported 1,689 new deaths, equal to an average of one death every six minutes.
COVID-19 is updated daily:
January 14, 2021
New cases: 17,323 (to date 975,299)
New deaths: 287 (13,234 to date)
Current hospitalization: 7,906 pic.twitter.com/koNNoWkzhJ
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) January 15, 2021
Infections and deaths have soared in the county since November, driven by public gatherings that violate health restrictions, an outbreak at work and Thanksgiving holiday gatherings. The impact of Christmas and New Years gatherings is beginning to be seen in the number of infected, with more patients expected to be hospitalized soon.
In the meantime, however, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID has truly decreased.
County officials on Thursday reported a total of 7,906 hospitalizations in the county as COVID-19 was lower than the 8,000 cases reported most last week. The number of patients in intensive care beds has also decreased. But not nearly as much as 1,699 ICU patients were treated for COVID on Thursday. That does not include ICU requirements for all other causes.The county has a total of approximately 2,500 licensed ICU beds.
The county’s health service department on Thursday reported a total of 570 non-ICU hospital beds and just 42 adult ICU beds last week, on average 80% of ICU patients in the county. Hit was treated with Covid-19 and 54% of non-ICU patients.
Christina Ghaly, the county’s director of health services, on Wednesday urged residents not to be fooled by the satisfaction of the recent stabilization of hospital numbers.
“While those numbers go up at just 8000, they’re really unsustainable,” Ghaly said.
“This plateau does not have enough open beds to care for patients without COVID. It also does not allow us to prepare for further attacks of patients that may occur in the coming weeks in the post-holiday period. ”
Ghaly said the county’s hospitals have yet to begin to see results of the rallies and likely transmission of the virus during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“Even the slightest drop will continue. But we’re nowhere near clear on the LA County hospital system, ”she said.“ Hospitals cannot accommodate high-level beds to accommodate COVID patients. ”
She added: “For meaningful relief for healthcare providers, we need rapid and dramatic hospitalizations over a period of one to two months. Please don’t let the current number of daily hospital admissions be normal for you just because it’s a plateau. ”
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer cautioned that the county may soon see a sharp rise in the number of infections due to the highly invasive new strains first discovered in the UK.
The variant has not yet been officially identified in Los Angeles County, but Health Director Barbara Ferrer has warned that the variant is likely to be here and has not been detected in the relatively limited number of tests performed. In search of new species
“According to the latest available science, the UK variant doesn’t make people sick. But it is more relayable, which means it can spread more easily, ”Ferrer said on Wednesday.
Given the variable’s ability to spread from person to person quickly, it could drive the number of infections more quickly, leading to more hospitalizations and eventually more deaths, Ferrer said. It said people needed to keep taking all necessary precautions while not considering the necessity.
Tighter regulations to control the spread
“We should be prepared to do more if the case remains high,” she said.
“Work ahead, we must do whatever is necessary to reduce the transmission of the infection.”
According to estimates released on Wednesday by the county’s health service, the rate of COVID-19 transmission, the number of COVID-19 cases infected with the virus, is around 0.97 whenever the rate is 1 or higher. More than that, it is expected that cases will increase.
The county modeling also estimated that about 1 in every 115 people who were not hospitalized or in quarantine were infected with the virus and could spread to others.
Ferrer noted that the county’s average daily deaths increased 1,092% since November, the average daily deaths increased 1,133% and the hospitalization increased 875%.
City News Service contributed to this report.