According to state data, the number of coronavirus-infected patients in Los Angeles County hospitals fell by 18 to 235. This reverses the trend that has been evident for the past few days.
26 patients were admitted to intensive care, compared with 25 the day before.
These numbers were reported one day after Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 2,550 additional infections. This prompts residents to wear masks in public.
In April, the county saw an increase in daily cases due to the highly contagious BA.2 variant. This week’s average daily rate for people who tested positive for the virus was 1.8%, which is roughly the same as last week.
Barbara Ferrer, Public Health Director, noted that there had been steady growth in many metrics used to monitor the spread of the virus throughout the county. These include daily case rates and hospitalizations, as well as outbreaks at work, school infections, infected students and nurses, and COVID concentrations in different wastewater systems.
She also warned of the increasing spread of yet another variant known as BA.2.12.1, which is an offshoot variant of BA.2. This has been responsible for a winter surge. BA.22.214.171.124 is believed to be 20%-30% more infective than BA.2.
Ferrer stated that BA.126.96.36.199 was found in 7% of LA County infection cases that were tested to determine variants between April 9 and April 9. This is up from the previous week’s 3%. According to Ferrer, state officials estimate that BA.2.12.1 could account for half of all Californian infections within days.
Omicron BA.2, also known by “stealth omicron,”Since March 2022, it has been the predominant strain of COVID-19 in America.
“It could quickly become the dominant strain across the United States,”Ferrer stated that the new offshoot was found to account for 58% of all cases in New York City, New Jersey, Puerto Rico.
It is still not known whether BA.2.12.1 causes more severe disease or is more resistant to vaccines.
“During this period of high transmission and the potential for more infectious variants, one of the best and easiest safety measures is to wear a well-fitting, high filtration mask or respirator when indoors around others,”Ferrer made the statement in a statement. Ferrer stated in a statement that this is particularly true for people who are at greater risk of severe illness or those who live with or work with someone at high risk. It is a fact that people who use a respirator or mask properly protect themselves and their family members.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have all had to make choices about how to best protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. With cases on the rise, the potential for more contagious variants, and lots of opportunities to be exposed, this is a great time to make a choice to get vaccinated or boosted and to wear a mask or respirator when indoors around others.”
Although most mask regulations have been lifted, Los Angeles County still requires that you cover your face in transit vehicles, airports, transit centers, and in healthcare settings.
The death toll from virus-related causes in the county jumped to 31,959 on Friday.
Officials from the Health Department have stated that most COVID-related deaths are caused by underlying conditions like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.