Los Angeles Coronavirus Update: Hospitalizations Hit 4th Record High In Past Week As Test Positivity Rate Jumps, As Well

Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer reported the county currently has 2,232 patients hospitalized due to the coronavirus. The previous high was 2,216, set just the day before. “This is the 4th day in the past week that’e we’ve reported the highest number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19,” she said.

On Saturday, there are 2,188 confirmed cases hospitalized, with 28 percent of confirmed cases in the ICU and 18 percent are confirmed cases on ventilators. This is the fourth consecutive day of hospitalization over 2,100 confirmed cases, with data indicating younger people between the ages of 18 and 40 years old being hospitalized at a higher rate than seen at any point in the pandemic.

Public Health also reported that the positivity rate of tests has increased from 9 percent to 10 percent on Sunday, even as the number of tests have increased.

“Without a doubt,” said Ferrer, “the number one driver of the surge that we’re experiencing today is simple to identify: People are interacting with each other and they’re not adhering to the recommended prevention measures.”

There were 3,160 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The county is now averaging over 3,000 new cases per day over the past 7 days. The total number of cases identified in the region since the pandemic broke out is 159,045.

Ferrer reported 9 COVID-related deaths. “we often see low numbers reported to us over the weekend,” said Ferrer. That brings the number of coronavirus-related deaths to 4,104 people in L.A. County.

At his Friday news conference, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered counties on the state’s coronavirus watch list to shut down school campuses this fall, at least to begin the school year. The 32 (now 33) counties on the list — which include Los Angeles and most of Southern California — must switch to virtual instruction only. The state’s two largest districts, Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, had already announced plans to begin the new academic year with online-only courses.

The mandate applies to private as well as public schools, according to Newsom.

In order to physically reopen schools, counties will have to meet the state’s attestation requirements. Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Diego and Riverside counties are on the watch list.

Shortly after Newsom’s announcement, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced it would order the region to follow the governor’s lead.

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