COVID cases in Los Angeles on the rise with more than 4,000 in one day

COVID cases are on the rise in Los Angeles and a new wave of the virus is feared.

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Another 4,025 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported to date in Los Angeles County, the highest number in a single day since mid-February, and health officials say this shows continued high transmission of the coronavirus.

The number of COVID-positive hospitalized patients in the county also increased, reaching 298, up from 267 the day before. The number of those patients treated in intensive care was 33, up from 25 on Thursday.

“If you are not fully vaccinated and boosted, consider doing so now to maximize protection against the most infectious variants currently circulating,” County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.

Los Angeles County health authorities recalled in the statement that “There are hundreds of mobile and fixed sites offering free testing and immunizations throughout the county, by appointment or walk-in.”

The new cases reported Friday brought the county’s cumulative total throughout the pandemic to 2,907,721.

Six more coronavirus-related deaths were also reported on Friday, bringing the county’s COVID death toll to 32,022.

The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 2.8% through Friday, down from 2.6% on Thursday.

Ferrer said Thursday that the daily average of new cases registered during the past week increased to more than 2,600, almost 20% more than a week ago.

The county’s transmission rate also continues to rise, with an average daily rate of 26 per 100,000 residents, up from 21 a week ago.

Most notably, the seven-day cumulative rate reached 176 per 100,000 inhabitants.

If that number exceeds 200 per 100,000 residents, Los Angeles County will move from the low transmission rate defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at moderate transmission rate.

This could potentially lead to a reimposition of public health rules, such as wearing masks indoors.

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