COVID-19 cases increasing in Long Beach, hospitalizations on the rise in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County, California – The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County increased by more than 150 for the second day in a row on Sunday.
According to the most recent state statistics, the number of COVID patients in county hospitals increased to 1,792 from 1,628 on Saturday. There were 263 patients in intensive care, up from 246 the day before.
Those figures come only two days after local health officials reported a record daily number of coronavirus cases in 2021, with a total of 27,091 new infections and 12 fatalities due to the virus.
The daily positivity rate increased to 22.4 percent on Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The positivity rate was lower than 1% just a month ago.
Due to the holiday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health did not publish a COVID-19 report on Saturday.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 10,043,000 people have undergone COVID-19 testing in Los Angeles County, with 15% of them testing positive.
The county also counts 27,637 COVID-19 related fatalities. However, 90% of them occurred in patients with underlying health problems like hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.
Long Beach health officials said on Thursday that COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the city. Long Beach’s average daily cases increased by 1,234% in December alone.
“While cases are rising in Long Beach, the good news is that hospitalizations are not increasing as quickly as they were last January. This is a testament to the fact that vaccinations and boosters are proving effective at preventing severe disease. Please get vaccinated if you haven’t already, and get boosted if you’re eligible. Regardless of whether you’re vaccinated or not, it is important to get tested if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, which can be as mild as a cold or allergies,” health officer Dr. Anissa Davis stated.