Today, Los Angeles County had its highest number of new confirmed cases with 2,089 more than the 1,788 announced yesterday. The three days with the highest confirmed case increases have all occurred this week. Today’s large spike was explained “in part, due to a backlog of test results being processed and also a new lab beginning to report results in a timely manner through the county’s Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) system.” New hospitalizations decreased from eighty yesterday to fifty-six. The number of new deaths dropped from forty-nine to forty-eight.Today, Los Angeles County had a whopping 1,788 more confirmed cases than those (1,074) announced yesterday. Like Tuesday’s large spike, this explained as “some of the new cases reported are from a backlog of test results.” New hospitalizations increased from sixty-seven yesterday to eighty. The number of new deaths increased slightly from forty-six to forty-nine.

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). New confirmed cases in New York City have dropped so much in recent weeks that they have had fewer than Los Angeles County for each of the past eight days. New York City had the same number of new deaths (48) today as Los Angeles County.

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.