Los Angeles – A new record has been set for the highest number of Covid-19 infections in LA county.
59 people have died in past 24 hours while case count hit a new high of 4,592.
“This is the largest increase in new cases, surpassing the count from July 14. Over the last 48 hours there have been 7,350 new cases,” the county health department said.
Among the 147,468 total cases, 10,910 are aged 0 to 17.
62,129 infections are in people aged 18 to 40, with county officials concerned they are starting to see younger people being admitted to hospital.
“Of the 59 new deaths, 34 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 20 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old. Forty-eight people had underlying health conditions including 32 people over the age of 65 years old and 16 people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old.
“Five deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.”
To date, Public Health has identified 147,468 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,988 deaths.
“Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions.
“Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 3,701 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 46% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 26% among White residents, 15% among Asian residents, 11% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 2% among residents identifying with other races.
There are 2,173 confirmed cases currently hospitalized,
27% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 17% are confirmed cases on ventilators.
Data shows younger people between the ages of 18 and 40 years old are being hospitalized at a higher rate than seen at any point in this pandemic.
“They comprise of 20% of patients with COVID-19 currently hospitalized.”
Testing results are available for over 1,440,000 individuals with 9% of all people testing positive.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a sweeping lockdown of closed spaces.
The Order requires the closure of the following sectors for all indoor operations:
• Gyms and Fitness Centers
• Places of Worship
• Indoor Protests
• Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors as identified at covid19.ca.gov
• Personal Care Services(including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors)
• Hair Salons and Barbershops
• Indoor Malls
Bars, indoor dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities remain closed and all events and gatherings unless specifically allowed by this Order remain prohibited.
“Residents need to make sure they are also doing their part. Residents should always wear a face covering securely over their nose and mouth and keep six feet apart from others not in their household when out in public and wash hands frequently.”