Los Angeles County, California – According to state data provided on Sunday, the number of COVID-positive patients admitted to Los Angeles County hospitals has decreased for six straight days, dropping 146 to 3,852.
The number of patients admitted to ICU increased by 14 to 759 individuals.
Officials have said that some of these individuals may have been admitted to the hospital for a number of different reasons and were only diagnosed with the coronavirus after undergoing a mandatory test.
40 more COVID-19 fatalities were reported in the county Sunday, as the winter increase in infections that pushed up hospital admissions continues to result in high fatality rates.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, an additional 16,835 new positive COVID tests were recorded on Sunday. The number of instances and fatalities is likely to have increased as a result of reporting delays that occurred over the weekend.
The county’s rolling average rate of those who tested positive for the virus continued to decline, hitting 9.1 percent on Sunday, down from 9.6 percent on Saturday and 10.3 percent on Friday, according to the latest data.