LA County COVID-19 cases, deaths, hospitalizations drop significantly

Los Angeles County reported 1,869 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 additional deaths today, but officials said the relatively low number of cases and deaths may reflect reporting delays over the holiday weekend.

Long Beach did not report numbers on Monday due to the President’s Day holiday. The latest numbers reported Friday show the city has confirmed 50,196 total cases, which means about 11% of the city’s population has been infected since the pandemic began.

Long Beach’s seven-day positivity rate, however, fell to 7.2%, down from a high of 17% in mid-January.

The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals has also declined, dropping from 3,270 Sunday to 3,092, with 30% of those people in intensive care. The county’s hospitalization rate has dropped sharply since peaking at more than 8,000 in early January, and has declined 60% since Jan. 15, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The countywide unadjusted adult ICU bed occupancy was 86%.

The seven-day average for the county’s daily test positivity rate, which has also been steadily declining, dropped from 5.3% Sunday to 5.2%, down 64% in one month.

County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis recognized the generally improving downward trends in daily cases, but stressed that while the numbers are getting better, they’re still high, and “the risk of running into someone with COVID-19 who may not know it is still very high.”

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