LA County daily coronavirus cases continue dramatic decline, but death rate remains high

The daily number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County continues to see a dramatic decline, but death rates remain high, health officials said.

The county reported 16,835 daily new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, up from 26,354 cases recorded a week earlier on Jan. 23, officials said. There were 40 additional deaths reported on Sunday; there were 63 the previous Sunday. Officials warn that the number of cases and deaths may reflect reporting delays over the weekend.

The drop in the daily numbers comes as many family gatherings and community events are planned to mark the Lunar New Year this coming week. And the winner of the NFC LA Rams-San Francisco 49ers Championship game at SoFi Stadium on Sunday will earn a trip to the Super Bowl – scheduled for February 13 in Inglewood.

“For high-risk residents, including the elderly, immunocompromised or with underlying health conditions, gatherings can be particularly risky given the still high transmission rates,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of health. county public, in a statement.

Although the daily number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continues to decline, the county’s daily death rate from COVID-19 remained at high levels on Sunday not seen in more than 10 months. The number of related deaths lags behind hospitalizations.

Over the past few days, the county has averaged 61 to 68 COVID-19 deaths per day, a rate not seen since March 2021 and nearly double the peak death rate of the Delta’s summer surge, which was about 35 deaths per day.

The latest death rate is more than four times what was reported ahead of Christmas, which was around 15 deaths a day.

But the latest figure still remains well below last winter’s peak highs of around 240 deaths a day.

LA County trends roughly mirror national trends. The United States is averaging about 2,300 COVID-19 deaths per day, which is higher than the summer peak of about 1,900 deaths per day, but lower than last winter’s peak of 3,400 deaths per day. .

The high death rates underscore how vulnerable many unvaccinated people still are to the coronavirus. According to the California Department of Public Health, unvaccinated people are 22 times more likely to die than vaccinated people.

On Sunday, LA County was now averaging about 22,000 new cases a day over the past week, according to a Times analysis of county data. This is about half of Omicron’s peak recorded earlier this month. Still, the case rate remains above last winter’s peak of 16,000 cases a day, which is why authorities are still urging people to be cautious amid high transmission rates.

The number of people in LA County with recorded coronavirus infections this month has been breathtaking. According to a Times analysis of state data, the county had recorded more than 910,000 coronavirus cases in the first 27 days of January, surpassing the number of cases tallied for all of 2021, which was about 888,000.

The number of coronavirus-positive patients in LA County hospitals has continued to decline. There were 3,852 patients positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, down about 20% from what appears to be Omicron’s peak of 4,814 recorded on January 19, according to data released on Sunday. The latest figure far exceeds the peak of the summer surge of 1,790, but is well below the all-time high of 8,098 recorded last winter.

The number of coronavirus-positive patients in intensive care in the county has also stabilized in recent days. There were 794 patients in intensive care positive for coronavirus on January 23 and 759 on Saturday.

Although LA County is seeing a decline in hospitalizations for COVID-19, intensive care units in the San Joaquin Valley are seeing conditions deteriorate. Pandemic trends in the San Joaquin Valley tend to lag those in Southern California.

Available critical care capacity in the San Joaquin Valley has fallen below 10% for five straight days, and surge protocols have been activated, “allowing the flexibility to transfer patients to hospitals with a capacity of additional intensive care,” the state public health department said Friday.

“ICUs in the San Joaquin Valley, where vaccination rates are lower, are approaching capacity. Californians will overcome this latest surge by continuing to follow the science, including getting vaccinated and vaccinated, which is the surest way to protect themselves from the virus,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of State to health and social services. declaration.

On Friday, LA County health officials issued a health warning about low vaccination rates among children ages 5 to 11. Only about 30% of children in this age group have received at least one dose of the vaccine, a concerning finding given that coronavirus positive hospitalizations among children in this age group have increased from 2 per week in mid -November to 23 per week in mid-January.

Most recent hospitalizations of children ages 5 to 11 have occurred in children who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Of the 49 children in this age group hospitalized in the first 20 days of January, only four were fully vaccinated.

The lowest childhood vaccination rates were recorded in the poorest neighborhoods of LA County.

San Francisco had a higher vaccination rate in this age group. In San Francisco, 73% of children ages 5 to 11 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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