Los Angeles County jolted by another day of 3,000-plus new coronavirus cases

Los Angeles County was jolted by its second straight day of more than 3,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, Nov. 15, as the “second surge” continued to send daily statistics soaring to levels not seen since summer.

The 3,061 cases came on the heels of Saturday’s total of 3,780, both numbers topping recent levels and hearkening back to the alarming rates of mid-July. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials have reported 339,560 cases since the pandemic began. Sunday’s three new fatalities increased the county’s death toll to 7,269.

The rising numbers are particularly concerning because weekend totals tend to dip because of scaled-back record keeping. The low number of deaths, however, reflects the usual weekend reporting delays, officials said.

The department said Saturday the elevated number of cases — not associated with any kind of backlog related to technical problems, like some other spates of elevated totals during the outbreak — reflect increased testing across the county, with more than 56,000 tests processed on Friday.

About 3,386,000 people have been tested during the pandemic, with a 9% positivity rate, county officials said.

Hospitalizations are also trending upward, with1,014 people being treated, up from 966 on Saturday and 942 on Friday — with 27% in intensive-care units.

L.A. County remains mired in the most restrictive purple tier of California’s four-tier coronavirus monitoring system, placing severe limits on businesses and public gatherings. Based on the surge in cases in recent weeks, the county will be staying in that purple tier indefinitely.

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The county’s update did not include new figures from Pasadena or Long Beach, cities that operate their own health departments. Pasadena had not posted an update by 2 p.m. Sunday; as of Saturday, the city had reported 3,073 cases and 129 deaths since the pandemic. Long Beach did not update Friday or Saturday; as of Thursday, the city has reported 14,2000 confirmed cases and 266 deaths.

Countywide, the rise in cases complicates planning for increasing the numbers of students returning to schools, further re-opening additional sectors and permitting additional activities.

“Many younger people are out socializing with non-household members, raising concerns that asymptomatic young people are helping to spread the virus to more vulnerable people at a time when cases are surging dangerously in the county,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Saturday.

“While the effect of the coronavirus on younger people may not be significantly associated with deaths, younger people definitely act as a transmission connector to individuals at a higher risk. Spread among family members and at worksites will also increase considerably as we see more and more cases among our younger residents,” she continued. “During this time of surging cases, in order to protect those most vulnerable, we ask that everyone, whether you are indoors and outdoors, keep face coverings on and stay 6 feet away from those who are older and those who have underlying health conditions. We do not want to bear witness to increased deaths among more of our beloved residents.”

The state on Friday issued a travel advisory urging residents to avoid non-essential travel. …read more

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