By News Desk
As a result of high levels of community transmission over the past month, more residents are experiencing severe illness and death. The number of COVID-positive hospitalized patients today, at 1,021, is the highest number of hospitalized patients since February 26.
While LA County remains at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designated Medium COVID-19 Community Level, the hospital admission rate, now at 8.4%, has increased 62% since last month.
Since information from hospitals measures the impact of COVID transmission a few weeks after it occurs, Los Angeles County Public Health continues to track other metrics that can provide earlier indications of increasing risk, both in the community, and in specific sectors of the county. Currently, six of the seven county Early Alert Signals continue to convey cause for Medium or High Concern.
This week, Public Health is using its Early Alert Signal to track the new subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. Currently BA.4 and BA.5 combined account for nearly 40% of the specimens sequenced, signaling High concern.
On Friday, July 9, Public Health has reported a total of 3,160,032 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County. Public Health reported 18 additional deaths and 6,416 new positive cases. There are 1,021 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. A wide range of data is available on the Public Health website.
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