COVID Los Angeles: The county is recording an increase in hospitalizations; 76 is being treated in intensive care – KABC-TV

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The number of people hospitalized for coronavirus infection in Los Angeles County has risen by 21 to 762, according to the latest state data.

Of those patients hospitalized on Saturday, 76 were treated in intensive care, up nine from Friday.

Some COVID-positive patients probably entered the hospital for other reasons before they were virus-positive, but health officials do not provide accurate data.

The latest numbers come two days after Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer in the county’s public health department, said the growth rate of COVID-positive patients began to decline, suppressing an estimate of when the mandate to wear masks indoors could be re-imposed.

The current seven-day average of new hospitalizations of people with the virus was 84 a day, Simon said Thursday, a small increase from 83 the previous week.

The hospital admission rate last week was 7.3 per 100,000 residents. This was the same rate as the previous week, breaking the steady trend of increase that increased the possibility of a new mandate of a universal indoor mask in the county.

According to metrics set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the district would move from a “medium” category of virus activity to a “high” level if the rate of new hospital admissions reaches 10 per 100,000 residents.

If the county reaches a high level and stays there for two weeks, a new mandate for an indoor mask will be introduced.

County health officials had previously predicted that, at the previous growth rate, the county would reach a “high” category by the end of June or early July. But as the pace slows now, Simon said the current projection is that the county will not reach the “high” category at least until mid-July.

He noted that the county could avoid reaching that level at all if virus transmission starts to slow down, which would lead to the expected drop in hospitalizations.

Although virus transmission is still considered high throughout the county, the average number of local new infections has begun to level off and even decline. Simon said the current rate of new cases a day is around 4,400 a day, down 6% from the previous week.

The number of cases, however, is probably artificially low because many people rely on COVID-19 tests that can be taken home, the results of which are not always reported to the county and are therefore not included in the official total.

Simon thanked residents who continued to take infection control measures – such as continuing to wear masks even without a mandate. He said such personal decisions affect the overall infection rate.

“I know the public is very tired of our repeated messages, but it’s so important – as much as possible, be strategic,” he said. “… In certain environments when you know there is a higher risk of transmitting the virus, wear that mask.”

The county reported another 6,129 COVID infections on Friday, cumulatively for the entire 3,088,482 pandemic.

Eight more virus-related deaths were reported, bringing the local death toll to 32,291.

The test positivity rate was 11.3%. The rate is rising, mainly due to a drastic reduction in the overall level of testing done each day as schools do not operate during the summer.

The County Health Institute does not report data on COVID on weekends.

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