LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Los Angeles County continues to see “a terrifying increase” in COVID-19 cases as well as hospitalizations that are putting increasing strain on the region’s health care system, county officials said on Wednesday .
The county reported 5,987 more coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a day after reporting a record 7,593 new cases.
The county has also reported 40 more deaths and more than 2,400 people currently hospitalized.
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“We are seeing terrifying increases in numbers in LA County that can only be reversed if everyone – businesses and individuals – carefully uses the tools we have at our disposal to slow the spread,” said the county health director. , Dr Barbara Ferrer.
The county has now reached a total of 414,185 cases and 7,740 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Ferrer presented some additional numbers that demonstrate just how much the number of cases has grown in Los Angeles in recent weeks – not yet including the expected surge from Thanksgiving.
The positivity rate – or the percentage of tests that come back positive – has risen from 3.9% on November 1 to over 12% now.
The average number of people hospitalized has fallen from 1,063 on November 15 to 2,439 today.
The number of daily deaths has risen from 12 per day in early November to more than 30 per day this week. These deaths, Ferrer noted, reflect people who were likely infected a month or more ago, meaning those numbers are likely to rise depending on the current surge in positive tests.
And data shows that the virus disproportionately affects the Latin American community more than other ethnic groups. Latinos test positive, are hospitalized, and die at much higher rates than other groups:
Latinos are seeing new cases at a rate of 270 per 100,000 of the total population. By comparison, the white population is 125 cases per 100,000. The black population is 112 years old and Asians 80 years old.
Hospitalizations for Latinos are also increasing, with 24 hospitalizations per 100,000, compared to 9 per 100,000 for the white population, 8 per 100,000 for Asians and 15 per 100,000 for African-Americans.
The death rate for Latinos has doubled to 3 per 100,000, compared to 1 per 100,000 for whites and Asians and nearly 2 per 100,000 for African Americans.
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