Today, Los Angeles County had 878 more confirmed cases than announced yesterday when there was a huge spike that resulted from “a backlog of test results.” New hospitalizations today increased to eighty-eight from just five the day before. New deaths almost doubled again to fifty-two (from twenty-seven previously). For the week ending Sunday, there were 7,014 new confirmed cases (+11% over the previous week), 361 new hospitalizations (-11% over the previous week) and 283 new deaths (-2.75% over the previous week). During this same period, there were an average of 1,522 patients in hospital care (-11% over the previous week), 409 of these in the Intensive Care Unit (-7% over the previous week) and 291 on ventilators (-8% over the previous week).
Los Angeles County continues to lead California with the most number of COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths by a huge margin with over 47% of the state’s confirmed cases and over 55% of its deaths. The number of daily new confirmed cases is now unmistakably on the rise from the range where it had been roughly plateaued in recent weeks. These recent increases are more likely the result of the huge boost in testing over the past month (roughly tripling) rather than the local situation deteriorating. New hospitalizations has dropped more than half over the past month and even new deaths has decreased slightly over this same span of days. Inside the hospitals, the current number of patients, in the ICU and on ventilators are all down from the previous week.