Los Angeles County records increase in the number of hospitalizations due to COVID

COVID hospitalizations are up in Los Angeles County.

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The number of people hospitalized due to COVID increased to 762 in Los Angeles Countyaccording to the most recent state data.

Of the patients who need care in medical centers, until Saturday 76 they were in intensive care units, 9 more than on Friday.

It’s likely that some reported coronavirus patients were admitted to hospitals for other ailments before testing positive for the virus, but health officials aren’t offering detailed breakdowns.

The most recent numbers come 2 days after Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Paul Simon said the rate of increase in COVID-positive patients had begun to slowwhich delays the estimation of when the use of masks indoors would be mandatory again.

The current 7-day average of new hospitalizations of patients with COVID was 84 per daySimon said Thursday, only a small increase from 83 the previous week.

The hospital admission rate for the last week was 7.3 per 100,000 residents. That was the same rate as the previous week, ending a steady trend of increases that raised the possibility of a new indoor mask mandate in the county..

Based on metrics set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the county would move from the “medium” category of virus transmission to the “high” level if the rate of new hospital admissions reaches 10 for every 100,000 inhabitants.

If the county reaches the high level and stays for two weeks, a new indoor mask mandate will be imposed.

County health officials projected that at the previous rate of increase, the county would reach the “high” category in late June or early July, but now that the pace has slowed, Simon mentioned that the current projection is that the county will not reach the “high” level until mid-July.

The specialist noted that the county could avoid reaching that level if transmission of the virus begins to decline, leading to an anticipated drop in hospitalizations.

The number of cases is likely to be artificially low, as many people rely on home COVID tests, whose results are not always reported to the county and therefore not included in the official total.

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