Los Angeles California.- The Los Angeles County Health Department warns of an increase in daily covid-19 infections and hospitalizations. The trend, according to health authorities, could again impose the measure of the mandatory use of masks indoors.
According to Wednesday’s report, 4,384 new infections were recorded in the county. However, the most worrying data for health officials is the increase in hospitalizations and patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU) in a 24-hour period.
From May 17 to Wednesday 18, the increases in hospitals in the region include:
- Hospitalizations from 327 on Tuesday to 363 cases on Wednesday.
- ICU patients from 44 on Tuesday to 55 cases on Wednesday.
With the new data, the county accumulates 2,922,210 cases reported since the start of the pandemic, with a positivity rate of 3.2%. Total fatalities in the region already add up to 32,055 people since 2020.
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County Health officials are monitoring cases and hospitalizations. If the trend of increases continues, renewal of measures such as the use of mandatory masks indoors, to stop community transmission and new hospitalizations, is not ruled out.
Based on the rising number of coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County could be downgraded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from the current “low” community risk category to ” means, medium”.
The director of the Department of Public Health, Barbara Ferrer reported that the cumulative average rate of new cases, in seven days, is approximately 185 per 100,000 inhabitants, above the rate of 176 last Thursday.
If the indicator increases to 200 per 100,000 population, the CDC will change the level of community infection risk in the county from “low” to “medium.”
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Ferrer indicated that if they go to the middle level, the measures in the county will not change, since in the region the requirements for the use of masks in public transport are still maintained and vaccines and community guidelines remain available.
However, if the county experiences an increase in COVID-19-related cases and hospitalizations, it could push the area into the “high” risk category, meaning a return to indoor mask-wearing mandates. , according to Ferrer.
Under CDC guidelines, counties in the “medium” category will move to “high” if the rate of new virus-related hospitalizations reaches 10 per 100,000 residents, or if 10% of staffed hospital beds of the county are occupied by positive patients for covid.
Currently, the hospitalization rate in the county is 3.1 per 100,000 population, and the rate of hospital beds occupied by COVID-positive patients is just under 2%.