L.A. County experiences 971 new coronavirus circumstances, three deaths

Los Angeles County public well being officers on Sunday reported 971 new coronavirus circumstances and three associated deaths.

The variety of new circumstances and deaths is normally decrease on Sundays and Mondays due to laboratory reporting delays.

The county now has logged a total of 282,135 cases of the virus, and 6,771 people have died.

Officers continued to report encouraging indicators of progress within the county’s battle in opposition to the virus.

There have been 693 folks with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in county hospitals as of Saturday, down from greater than 2,200 on the peak of the disaster in mid-July.

L.A. County final week noticed a slight uptick within the variety of new coronavirus circumstances reported every day, on Wednesday reporting its highest daily count of infections since Aug. 22, however consultants mentioned it’s too early to say whether it represents the start of a larger surge in infections.

Even so, the proportion of assessments that got here again constructive for the virus every day declined barely over the course of the week, from a seven-day common of three.2% Monday to three% Sunday, officers mentioned. The positivity fee, which helps officers decide whether or not extra new circumstances are being recognized due to elevated transmission or as a result of extra individuals are being examined, has hovered round three% for a number of weeks, officers mentioned. In July, about eight% of assessments had been coming again constructive.

The positivity fee is one among a number of metrics officers are keeping track of to gauge whether or not transmission of the virus is rising and weigh whether or not extra companies ought to be allowed to reopen.

The state additionally lately created an equity metric that establishes specific positive case rate numbers that bigger counties should meet of their poorer cities and neighborhoods.

L.A. County stays within the strictest tier of the state’s four-tier reopening system — Tier 1, or purple — as a result of it continues to report greater than 7 circumstances per 100,000 residents every day. That implies that many nonessential companies stay closed for indoor operations.

Officers have mentioned they plan to proceed cautiously via the phases, directing enterprise sectors to reopen slowly and in a staggered method to keep away from a surge in new infections that might threaten to overwhelm hospitals. Most lately, on line casino card rooms were permitted to resume outdoor operations Monday and indoor buying malls had been allowed to reopen at restricted capability Wednesday.