LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 141 new deaths and 3,434 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health identified 1,155,309 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 18,500 deaths.
As of February 5, the average number of new cases is around 4,500 a day; a 70% decrease from the peak experienced in early-January when Public Health reported an average of over 15,000 cases per day.
There are 3,973 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 29% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for more than 5,634,000 individuals with 19% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 7.1%.
Of the 141 new deaths reported today, 48 people who passed away were over the age of 80, 43 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, 30 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, 10 people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and three people who died were between the ages of 18 and 29. Five deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and two deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena.
Although cases may be declining, there remains an alarming gap between Latino/Latinx residents and other groups. For Latino/Latinx residents, the daily rate of new cases was more than 2,300 per 100,000 people on January 11. Since then the rate dropped to 856 new cases per 100,000 people, but is still more than two times that of African American/Black residents who have the second highest case rate of 400 new cases per 100,000 per day. Asian residents have a case rate of 319 per 100,000 people and White residents have a case rate of 318 per 100,000 people.
When the surge began in early- November, the average number of Latino/Latinx residents who passed away each day was 3.4 deaths per 100,000 people and then sharply increased to 48 deaths per 100,000 people on January 16; an increase over 1,000%. Two weeks later, the mortality rate among Latino/Latinx residents has declined to 33 deaths per 100,000 people, yet still remains over twice that of other groups. Since mid-January, the mortality rate among African American/Black residents decreased from nearly 23 deaths per 100,000 people to 14 deaths per 100,000 people. Deaths among Asian residents have declined since the peak, from 19 deaths per 100,000 people to 8 deaths per 100,000 people. The current mortality rate among White residents is also 8 deaths per 100,000 people from the peak of about 16 deaths per 100,000 people. While rates are declining for all groups, White and Asian residents have seen a more significant decline than that experienced by African American/Black and Latino/Latinx residents. The mortality rate for Latino/Latinx residents has declined 31% and 39% for African American/Black residents since the peak. For Asian residents, the death rate has declined 58%, and for White resident this rate has decline by 50%.
We continue to see a high mortality rate among people living in areas with the highest levels of poverty, with three times the death rate compared to people living in the lowest levels of poverty.
Individuals and families living in the hardest hit communities continue to remain a priority for us as we move forward, including in our efforts to vaccinate our residents.
“Each death we report is a tragedy and we wish everyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one from COVID-19 strength through these difficult times. You have our deepest condolences,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “In these times of vaccine scarcity, we ask that everyone be mindful of waiting for your turn, and ensuring that those most vulnerable in each eligible group have access to the vaccine; this includes older people, frontline workers in these eligible sectors, and eligible residents and workers in the hardest hit communities. I want to thank everyone who has communicated to us the considerations and concerns they have around vaccine access for the populations they serve; your input is invaluable and is being used to inform the county’s plans for vaccinating more sectors and groups in the near future. We move forward together and with hope.”
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