COVID Hospitalizations Decline to 341 in Los Angeles County – Los Angeles

According to state statistics released Sunday, the number of COVID-positive patients at Los Angeles County hospitals dropped by 32 to 341

The number of patients in intensive care rose to 59 from 56 on Saturday.

The total number of hospitalizations had increased by 23 people in Saturday’s numbers. This was a deviation from the trend that saw the total fall to over 4,800 in January amid Omicron-fueled cases surge.

Saturday’s report also included 789 new positive COVID testing and 22 additional deaths related to the virus. The county’s cumulative totals now stand at 2,830,048 cases, and 31,594 death. Sunday COVID data is not reported by the county.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, most people who die from COVID complications are suffering from underlying conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

The average daily rate at which people tested positive for the disease was 0.7% on Saturday, about the same as for the past week.

The department reported Thursday a rise in COVID infection rates due to the BA.2, an Omicron variant. This was a result of a winter surge both in hospitalizations and cases.

The county reported that the BA.2 subvariant was responsible for 14.7% of all specially-sequed cases in the week ending March 5. This is more than twice the 6.4% rate the previous week. Experts believe that BA.2 may be at least 30% more contagious to the Omicron variant than it is to the Omicron virus, which was already much more easily spread than the COVID-19 virus.

“As the county sees growing cases of the more-infectious BA.2 subvariant, everyone, especially those who are at elevated risk or homebound, should be fully vaccinated and boosted, and Public Health thanks our partners who are working to provide access to these life-saving vaccines for these at-risk residents,”Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health, said Friday in a statement.

County officials stated that mobile vaccination is being expanded to reach homebound people and those who cannot travel to a clinic or pharmacy. The county estimates that 9,960 homebound residents have been vaccinated in the last year. It is estimated that there are between 10,000 and 15,000 homebound people in the county.

Call 833-540-0473 for information on how to obtain mobile vaccination. Information is also available at vaccinatelacounty.com.

According to the county, 83% of eligible residents of the county aged 5 or older had received at minimum one dose of COVID vaccine and 75% were fully vaccinated as of last Sunday. Only 30% of children between 5 and 11 years old have been fully vaccinated. This is the lowest percentage of any age group.

Black residents have only 55.4% who are fully vaccinated. Latina/o residents have 58.9%. White residents have 73% and Asians 82%.

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