LA County remains in ‘high’ COVID activity category

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Despite continued declines in COVID-19 cases and hospital admission rates, Los Angeles County will remain in the federal government’s “high” virus activity category for another week. , with figures released Thursday putting the county just high enough to prevent a move to a less severe “medium” rank.


What do you want to know

  • According to metrics developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a county is considered in a “high” activity category if its average daily rate of COVID-related hospital admissions exceeds 10 per 100,000. inhabitants
  • CDC figures put LA County’s COVID admission rate at 10.1 per 100,000 population, slightly above the threshold for “high” viral activity
  • A total of 1,254 COVID-positive patients were reported at county hospitals on Thursday, up from 1,273 the day before
  • The number of virus-related deaths was still concerning, with 22 new deaths reported on Thursday

According to metrics developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a county is considered in a “high” activity category if its average daily rate of COVID-related hospital admissions exceeds 10 per 100,000. inhabitants. The CDC updates the numbers every Thursday.

County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said last week the number of hospital admissions was trending down and indicated the county could be moved into the “average” category. She said the numbers released by the CDC on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were all low enough to warrant the move to “medium.”

But on Thursday, CDC figures put the county’s COVID admission rate at 10.1 per 100,000 population, slightly above the threshold for “high” viral activity.

“While this is disappointing, given that the hospital admission rate calculated by the county and the CDC has been at or below 10 for the past few days, we remain hopeful that this number can be adjusted soon so that the county be officially transferred to the ‘medium’ community level,” Ferrer said in an online press conference on Thursday.

The county remaining at the “high” virus activity level has no practical impact for residents. The county previously announced plans to reimpose an indoor mask-wearing mandate if the county remained in the “high” category for two consecutive weeks. But Ferrer announced last week that in light of declining case numbers and hospitalizations, the county would delay such a decision.

Wearing a mask indoors remains only “strongly recommended” by the county, although it is still required in certain settings, such as on board public transport vehicles, at airports, in health care facilities , correctional facilities and homeless shelters.

Ferrer said Thursday the downward trend in COVID infections continues, with 4,930 new cases reported. She said that over the past week an average of 4,900 cases have been reported per day, compared to 5,900 the previous week.

The average number of daily hospitalizations also “topped off”, she said. As of Thursday, a total of 1,254 COVID-positive patients were reported at county hospitals, up from 1,273 the day before.

The number of virus-related deaths was still concerning, with 22 new deaths reported on Thursday. According to Ferrer, an average of 17 deaths per day have been reported over the past week, an increase from 15 the previous week.

She noted that deaths tend to be a lagging factor, occurring on the heels of rising cases and hospitalizations, so recent downward trends in these metrics will hopefully bring down the number of death.

The new infections reported Thursday gave the county a cumulative total throughout the pandemic of 3,320,781. The 22 deaths brought the total death toll to 32,807.

The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 13.9% on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the county began offering doses of the recently approved Novavax COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. Ferrer said the vaccine is a more traditional protein-based vaccine, rather than the mRNA technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. She told the oversight board this week that she hoped the introduction of a more traditional vaccine might convince those hesitant to get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to get vaccinated.

County locations offering Novavax vaccines can be found on the vaccinatelacounty.com website.

Residents can also contact their healthcare provider to see if they offer Novavax.

Residents 18 and older can receive the Novavax vaccine, which is a two-dose primary series, with the second dose given three weeks after the first. Boosters are not recommended and the Novavax vaccine is not licensed for children 17 and under.

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