LA County Urges Workplace Safety as COVID Spread Continues – Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Health officials advised employers Monday to use “common sense strategie”COVID-19 is being spread more rapidly than ever.

The county had reported 5,920 new viruses in the past three days as well as 13 new fatalities due to the virus.

The county no longer reports weekend death and case statistics. The county reported 1,368 new cases on Monday. This was in addition to 2,728 Saturday infections and 1,824 Sunday infections. The county now has a total of 2,877,000.960 cases.

The county’s death toll rose to 31,970 with the addition of 13 more fatalities.

In recent weeks, health officials have reported an increase in daily cases due to the BA.2 subvariant. Locally, a subvariant of that virus — BA.2.12.1 — is also spreading. Health officials say it is 20%-30% more contagious than BA.2.

On Monday, county health officials urged employers to take measures to protect their employees and customers from the virus. This included providing masks that fit well, improving ventilation, screening employees for signs and symptoms, as well as following the isolation/quarantine guidelines.

“While relieved that the latest increases in cases are not yet accompanied by corresponding increases in hospitalizations, the higher rate of infection we are experiencing causes substantial disruption and leads to a vicious cycle of more transmission is worrisome”Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health, said in a statement. “With high transmission comes the risk of breeding new variants of concern, the possibility of more people experiencing long COVID, and increased risk among those more vulnerable to severe illness should they become infected. Curtailing outbreaks at worksites can help slow down transmission back in the communities and we thank those employers that continue to have in place safety measures that keep employees and customers as safe as possible”

Despite an increase in cases, the number of virus-related hospitalizations has remained relatively low. Ferrer credits vaccinations and other infections for this.

According to state figures, Monday saw 225 COVID positive patients in county hospitals. This is down from 226 on Sunday. 24 of these patients were admitted to intensive care, compared with 28 the day before.

On Monday, the average daily rate of people being tested positive for the virus in the United States was 1.6%. It was roughly the same as the previous week.

Ferrer stated last week that the BA.2.12.12 variant was found in 7% of LA County infection cases that were tested during the week ending April 9, up from 3%. According to Ferrer, state officials estimate that BA.2.12.1 could account for half of all Californian infections within days.

Researchers are still unsure if the variant is more dangerous or more resistant to existing vaccines.

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