Los Angeles County moves to ‘low’ level of COVID-19 activity, CDC says

Los Angeles County moves to ‘low’ level of COVID-19 activity, CDC says
Los Angeles County moves to ‘low’ level of COVID-19 activity, CDC says

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Los Angeles County officially moved into “low” COVID-19 activity on Thursday, thanks to a declining rate of new infections and an ever-slower pace of new virus-related hospital admissions.

But the county’s director of public health warned that despite the move, transmission of the virus remains widespread, and she urged continued precautions against infection.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved Los Angeles County to the “low” category on Thursday, with the average rate of new COVID infections falling below 200 per 100,000 population. The official infection rate on Thursday was around 193 new cases per 100,000 people.

The number of hospitalizations in the county also remained low, with the average daily rate of new virus-related admissions estimated at 9 per 100,000 population — below the CDC’s threshold of 10 per 100,000 population.

These statistics were good enough to move the county out of the “average” activity category. This decision has no practical effect for residents, as it will not trigger any changes to public health protocols, with most restrictions already lifted.

“The move to the low community level reflects minimal stress on the LA County hospital care system associated with COVID-19,” Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer told reporters during an online briefing.

“However, viral transmission with the case rate just below 200 is still high, accounting for around 2,600 new cases per day. Our hope is that we can continue to slow transmission in order to reach a weekly case rate of less than 100, which would drop this daily number of new cases to 1,400.

Ferrer also noted that the official number of new cases reported each day is an undercount of the actual virus activity in the county, as many people rely on home testing, the results of which are not reported to the county. county.

The county reported an additional 2,566 new cases on Thursday, along with 17 new virus-related deaths.

The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 8.3% on Thursday.

Ferrer again noted a glitch in the data reporting system used by hospitals to share COVID patient numbers with the state, causing some fluctuation in numbers over the past week. But the state reported 760 COVID-positive patients at hospitals in Los Angeles County on Thursday, up from 796 on Wednesday. Of these patients, 90 were being treated in intensive care, up from 79 a day earlier.

Health officials said about 43% of hospitalized COVID-positive patients were actually admitted for a virus-related illness, while the rest were admitted for other reasons, with some only learning they were infected only when tested in hospital.

Los Angeles County was placed in the CDC’s “high” virus level in mid-July, due to a new infection rate that topped 200 per 100,000 population and a hospitalization rate daily average linked to the virus which exceeded 10 per 100,000 inhabitants. The county lingered in that category for about a month, raising the possibility of a new indoor mask-wearing mandate, though health officials ultimately decided not to reimpose the rule.

On August 12, the county returned to the “average” category when the hospitalization rate fell below 10 per 100,000 population.

Ferrer said the county should begin next week offering the newly approved COVID vaccine booster doses specifically designed to fight the Omicron variant of the virus. The county expects to receive 170,000 doses of the new boosters by the middle of next week.

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