Los Angeles Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Wednesday that the region had 4,825 new coronavirus infections. This is a record number of new cases. The previous maximum was 4,592 on July 16.
However, Ferrer warned: “More than 2,000 of these cases come from arrears in laboratory reports.” Considering that, the director said, “we are actually 1,000 cases higher than we were a month ago.”
Ferrer noted the same about the new COVID-19 death report. She said the number of deaths from the virus recorded in the last 24 hours was 91. The total number of deaths in the county since the start of the pandemic is now 4,416.
Despite the mitigating factors, it is still “more deaths than we have ever seen,”; Ferrer said. The previous record of daily deaths from coronaviruses was 73, which was set for July 14.
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Christina Ghaly, director of health services in Los Angeles County, said that “we are currently seeing a very gradual decline in hospitalizations.” According to the county model, this indicates a continuation over the next four weeks. She attributed this decline to the pairing of reopening instructions a few weeks ago.
Ghaly also said that these steps “absolutely led to a reduction in the effective transmission speed” to 0.92. Any number below 1 means that each infected person transmits the virus to less than one other person.
According to Ghaly, the model now assumes that by December, only 15 percent of the region’s population will be infected. If deterrence measures were not taken, the Ghaly model shows that about half of the district’s population would be infected in the same period.
After reporting an unusually low number of COVID-related daily deaths in the past 72 hours, California said it also reported a record number of coronavirus deaths on Wednesday. The new high was 197. This is a 20 percent jump from the previous high of 159 recorded last Friday.
State and local officials said their numbers had been significantly lower recently due to delays caused by the new federal reporting process. As a result, the mean number could be slightly inflated due to these daily test results.
This comes just two days after the governor announced at his daily press conference that the state’s main area of interest is the central valley of the state.
Los Angeles County officials reported a total of 2,708 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 numbers on Tuesday, with the district health department reporting 51 new deaths from the virus. The ministry said it expects cases to be resolved in the coming days due to late reporting, with three hospitals not reporting data today.
With new cases, the region currently has a total of 178,642 positive cases of COVID-19 and 4,426 deaths. As of Tuesday, there are currently 2,051 coronavirus-related hospitalizations, with 18% of these patients on ventilators. Total hospitalization fell from an all-time high of 2,232 patients hospitalized on July 20, but from 2,017 on Monday.
These figures are incomplete due to delays in the new federal reporting procedure, in which local officials are waiting for information from the state. “We think there are still 6 hospitals [outstanding]Ferrer said.