LA County Sees Another 72 COVID-19 Deaths – Los Angeles

Los Angeles County recorded another 72 deaths from the coronavirus on Saturday. There were also 39,117 new positive COVID testing.

The county has confirmed more than 250,000 cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days. This is down from the 291,000 reported cases for the preceding seven days according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Saturday’s test positivity rate, 16.1%, was lower than 17.4% on Sunday.

The number of COVID positive patients in LA County hospitals declined for the second consecutive night, falling from 4,792 to 4698 by Friday. However, the alarming rise in patients in intensive care continues, with 740 increasing to 769.

The health department said residents who test positive should isolate away from others for at least five days. Residents must be negative in the COVID-19 viral test to exit isolation. They also need to have no fever for less than 24 hours and not have taken fever reducing medication.

Residents who don’t meet the criteria can be released from isolation at day 10 if they don’t have fever for 24 hours or more, and if their symptoms are improving.

It is also important for residents to notify close friends and family about their exposure. Close contacts are people who lived less than six feet from an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more during the 24-hour period immediately preceding the new infected person developing symptoms.

Residents must wear a surgical mask or a higher-grade mask for at least 10 days. This is even if they have been in isolation since day 5. The masks that block COVID-19 viruses particles the best are N95, KN95 and KF94.

“We are saddened by the recent increases in those who have lost their lives and send prayers to all mourning their passing,”Barbara Ferrer, County Public Health Director, said.

“While the small decreases in our daily cases numbers, hospitalizations and test positivity are hopeful signs that the spread of omicron is declining, we will need to remain cautious these next few weeks while transmission remains at the highest levels we have ever seen,”She continued. “With an average of 35,000 new cases identified each day, it is very easy for any one of us to encounter an infected person during the week. Avoiding crowds, keeping distance, wearing a high-quality mask, and washing our hands add layers of protection that can help each of us stay safe while also shielding essential workers during the surge.”

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