LOS ANGELES:- Today, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 11 new deaths and 2,848 new cases of COVID-19. Fifty-three percent of the 2,848 new cases occurred in people under the age of 41 years old.
Public Health confirms the highest number of new hospitalizations reported in a day with 2,216 people currently hospitalized, surpassing the 2,193 hospitalizations seen on July 15.
Of the 2,216 confirmed COVID-19 cases currently hospitalized, 26% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 19% are confirmed cases on ventilators. This is the fifth consecutive day of hospitalization over 2,100 confirmed cases and the first time hospitalizations have reached over 2,200.
Testing results are available for over 1,515,000 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive. The cumulative positivity rate has increased from 9% to 10%. The majority of all cases have occurred in people under the age of 41 years old with over 52% or 77,000 people younger than 41 years old infected with COVID-19.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families that are experiencing the sorrow of losing a loved to COVID-19 and with those who are caring for a loved one experiencing illness,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We continue to reach concerning milestones and today we are seeing the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Right now, young adults are being hospitalized at a rate not seen before. No matter how young you are, you are vulnerable to this virus. I urge everyone to take collective responsibility – stay physically apart from people you don’t live with, properly wear a face covering when you are outside your home but stay home as much as possible.”
Public Health has identified 155,887 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 4,095 deaths.
Of the 11 new deaths, eight people that passed away (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) were over the age of 65 years old and three people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years. All of these people had underlying health conditions. Ninety-two percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 3,812 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 47% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 26% among White residents, 15% among Asian residents, 11% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, two cases reported earlier were not LA County residents.
Business owners must take immediate action in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Current Health Officer Orders require business owners to close indoor operations at many businesses and take immediate action to implement strategies that protect workers and customers.
Residents need to make sure they are doing their part as well. Public Health urges everyone to avoid the Three C’s: Crowded places, Confined spaces and Close contact with others not in your household. Everyone should always wear a face covering securely over your nose and mouth and keep six feet apart from others not in your household when out in public. Public Health reminds everyone that you remain safer at home.
It’s important if someone thinks they could be positive for COVID-19 and are awaiting testing results, to stay at home and act as if they are positive. This means self-isolating for 10 days and 72 hours after symptoms and fever subside. If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they should plan on receiving a call from a public health specialist to discuss how to protect themselves and others, to find out where they may have been, and who they were in close contact with while infectious.
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