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Delta variant surges in Southland


At mid-week, LA County Public Health had reported 16 new deaths and about 2,100 new cases of COVID-19. Case rates are increasing across all adult age groups with the highest case rate increases occurring in adults between the ages of 18 and 29 years old with a nine-fold increase, from 40 to 350 cases per 100,000 over the course of the past month. And case rates have increased 7.5-fold among 30-to-49 year-olds, from 33 to 247 cases per 100,000.

There are a reported 830 people with COVID -19 currently hospitalized. An increase in hospitalizations typically occurs two to three weeks after cases increase. Currently, 0.21-percent of positive cases are hospitalized; this is much lower than the 5.76 percent of cases hospitalized during the winter surge.

At press time, Public Health had identified 1,287,831 positive cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,643 deaths. Testing results are available for over 7,270,000 individuals with 16 percent of people testing positive.

“While it is critically important to pay attention to the rapid acceleration of cases we are currently seeing, most of which are a consequence of infection with the highly transmissible Delta variant, we should also note that this pandemic is now not behaving the same way that it was in the month before vaccines were widely available,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks in public, indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variant and protect others.