Los Angeles Hospitals Hit By “Significant” Increase In Covid Patients

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Monday reported “a significant increase in the number of people hospitalized each day for Covid-19 illness.” There were 528 people with Covid-19 hospitalized as of today; last Monday, there were 372 people hospitalized. That’s a 42% rise in one week. On June 15, when California dropped its pandemic restrictions, there were 218 people hospitalized. Cases have increased 700% since June 15, and the L.A. Department Public Health said today that “we are now beginning to see corresponding increases in hospitalizations.”

Test positivity increased 10-fold, from the 0.4% on June 15 to Monday’s test positivity rate of 4.1%. That puts L.A. (and California) above the national test positivity rate of 3.77%, according to Johns Hopkins.

L.A. County confirmed 1,233 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday. It marks the 11th consecutive day where cases topped 1,000 and, according to health officials, is likely low due to reduced testing and delays over the weekend. That daily statistic is nearly three times the number of new cases reported just two weeks ago.

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Of the two new deaths reported today, one person that passed away was over the age of 80 and one person who passed was between the ages of 65 and 79. Deaths, say public health officials, are a lagging indicator, meaning they only tick up weeks after cases and hospitalizations rise. There is some evidence of fewer severe instances of Covid among those who are vaccinated, although how that plays out in L.A. remains to be seen.

The Public Health Department warned again on Monday of the risks the more infectious Delta variant poses to the almost 4 million people in L.A. County who have not been or are not eligible to be vaccinated, including 1.3 million children under 12 years of age.

A new mask order for everyone while indoors in all indoor public places, regardless of vaccination status, went in to effect on Saturday at 11:59 p.m. It includes venues, gatherings, and businesses such as offices, retail, restaurants, gyms, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, and state and local government offices serving the public. Standard exceptions apply for children under the age of two, for those with certain medical conditions or disabilities that prevent masking, and for those whose job doesn’t permit masking.

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