LOS ANGELES, CA – The number of COVID-positive people admitted to Los Angeles County rose Saturday, rising from 630 Friday to 659, according to state figures.
Of these patients, 172 were treated in intensive care, down from 174 the day before.
The latest figures come a day after the county reported 1,333 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 more deaths associated with the pandemic. Those numbers brought the county’s cumulative totals to 1,490,698 cases and 26,626 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
About 90% of all local deaths associated with COVID-19 were in people with underlying health conditions, according to the county health department. The most common conditions are hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
The average daily rate of people who tested positive for the virus was 1.1% from Friday.
“As we continue to experience significant transmission across the county, it is important that those infected, even if they have no symptoms, isolate themselves from others for at least 10 days to stop spreading the virus to others,” he said. county health director Barbara. said Ferrer on Friday. “And everyone who is close to an infected person and has not been vaccinated must be quarantined and not participate in activities with others.
“It does not mean hosting or attending parties, going to work or school or shopping in stores. Breaking the chain of infection requires that the infected or vulnerable do their part by staying away from others.”
On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The issue will now be moved to an advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and then to the CDC director for final approval, which could come as early as Tuesday or Wednesday.
The pediatric shots will be offered under an emergency use permit, the same permit granted for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and for the Pfizer vaccine for persons aged 12-15 years. Pfizer’s vaccine has full federal approval for persons 16 years of age and older.
Ferrer said Thursday that the county will have about 150,000 doses of the pediatric Pfizer vaccine on hand to begin administering the shots next week.
According to Ferrer, there have been more than 79,000 COVID cases during the pandemic among children ages 5-11 in the county, and one fatal accident. About 37,000 cases have occurred in children up to 4 years of age, also with one death, and more than 89,000 cases in those aged 12-17, with five deaths.
“Infection trends in children are following infection trends in adults, and after a recent drop in the number of pediatric cases, we now see a small plateau among the case numbers,” Ferrer said. “In the week ending Oct. 10, 12% of LA County cases were involving children ages 5-11, and children in this age group make up 9% of the county’s population.”
In Los Angeles County, 80% of residents 12 years and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 72% are fully vaccinated, Ferrer said. Among the county’s total population of 10.3 million people, including those under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for the shots, 69% have received at least one dose and 61% are fully vaccinated.
Black residents still have the lowest vaccination rates, with only 56% receiving at least one dose. It is comparable to 64% of Latino / A residents, 74% of white residents and 83% of Asians.
Younger black residents have particularly low vaccination rates, with the youngest age group of 43% with at least one dose.
– City News Service