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LA County Virus Update: More Than 2,100 New Cases Push Total Past 220,700

What to Know

  • Los Angeles County reported 2,103 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 more deaths Saturday.
  • The county’s totals have reached 220,762 cases and 5,245 fatalities.
  • A backlog of cases from issues with the state electronic lab report system is still expected.

Los Angeles County reported 2,103 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 more deaths Saturday, bringing the county’s totals to 220,762 cases and 5,245 fatalities.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said a backlog of cases from issues with the state electronic lab report system is still expected, although data that tracks other key indicators, including hospitalizations and deaths, are not affected by the reporting issue.

“With this weekend’s high temperatures, I encourage everyone to take steps to stay cool and keep hydrated throughout the day while still practicing physical distancing and avoiding gatherings” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Please note that cooling centers are open and safe places to go to avoid the extreme heat because every site is adhering to strict infection control and distancing measures.”

As of Saturday, there were 1,393 people hospitalized with the virus, with 33% in intensive care, continuing a downward trend that has led to cautious optimism that the county is successfully slowing the impact of COVID-19.

How Coronavirus Has Grown in Each State — in 1 Chart

This chart shows the cumulative number of cases per state by number of days since the 50th case.

Source: The COVID Tracking Project
Credit: Amy O’Kruk/NBC

Other Key Figures

  • The number of people hospitalized was 1,415 on Friday.
  • The seven-day rolling average of daily hospitalizations was 1,521 as of Friday, down about 25% from the 2,026 average at the end of July.
  • Testing results were available for nearly 2,063,000 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive.

Given the ELR delays, the department urged any person with a positive lab result to call 1-833-540-0473 to connect with a public health specialist who can provide information about services and support. Residents who do not have COVID-19 should continue to call 211 for resources or more information.

Coronavirus Hospital Use Projections Across the Country

This interactive chart uses model data provided by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to predict how the coronavirus will affect health care resources in different states. In states such as Florida and California, hospital bed use is projected to continue to grow into September and October. Most states have enough general hospital and ICU beds to meet demand, according to additional data from The Associated Press.

Sources: State hospital bed capacity data from the Associated Press. Model data provided by IHME. Note: The model assumes mask use continues at currently observed rates and the gradual easing of social distancing mandates continues. It also assumes the mandate would be re-imposed for six weeks if daily deaths reach 8 per million.
Credit: Amy O’Kruk/NBC


Source: NBC Los Angeles

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