COVID-19 hospitalizations inch upward again in LA County, but cases…


COVID- On Tuesday, Oct. 12, the number of hospitalizations in Los Angeles County increased for the second day in a row, albeit the overall number of virus-affected patients remained far below the top of the summer spike.

As of Tuesday, there were 684 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals, up from 667 on Monday and 656 on Sunday, according to state data. Intensive care units were treating 181 of the hospitalized patients, down from 195 on Monday.

Despite two days of increases in a row, the number of COVID patients in county hospitals has dropped 36 times in the last 43 days.

On Monday, the county Department of Public Health reported 16 more deaths, bringing the total number of viral deaths in the county to 26,336. According to officials, nearly 90% of the deaths linked to COVID-19 happened in patients with pre-existing medical issues.

Another 742 new COVID infections were confirmed on Tuesday, according to officials, who believe the low number is due to reporting delays from the weekend and Monday’s Columbus Day vacation.

The new infections brought the total number of cases in the county to 1,472,419 throughout the whole pandemic.

The county’s daily rolling average rate of those testing positive for the virus remained modest, at 0.8 percent.

As part of their drive to get pregnant women and new moms vaccinated, Public Health officials released updated figures showing that 13,161 pregnant women in the county have tested positive for the virus as of Oct. 5. There were 63 newborns who tested positive for the virus out of the 12,919 births for which testing information was available. COVID-19 has killed 12 pregnant women throughout the county.

“We continue to highly encourage that expectant and new parents get vaccinated against COVID-19, in collaboration with the CDC and pregnancy experts,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “A CDC study of pregnant and recently pregnant women with COVID-19 found that symptomatic pregnant women have a more than two-fold greater chance of requiring ICU admission and a 70% increased risk of death when compared to non-pregnant symptomatic women.”

“The evidence continues to support the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy,” she added, “but it also highlights the risk to pregnant women who are not vaccinated and contract COVID-19.”

In total, 78 percent of county inhabitants aged 12 and above had received at least one dose of vaccine, with 70 percent having gotten all three doses. 67 percent of the county’s 10.3 million residents have received at least one dosage, and 60 percent are fully vaccinated, despite the fact that 1.3 million children under the age of 12 are ineligible for the vaccinations.

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