Long Beach, California 2021-01-13 21:46:59 –
Hospitalization rates for COVID-19 in the Long Beach area fell slightly for the first time since December, but Wednesday health officials said there could still be serious cases and deaths from infections during the holiday season. I warned that there was.
Long Beach on Wednesday reported 569 admissions at five regional hospitals in the city, down from 581 on Tuesday. The city reported a total of 499 15 new deaths and a total of 41,625 546 new cases.
County-wide hospitalizations have leveled off just under 8,000 in the last few days, but Wednesday’s health officials saw another surge. A more contagious British variant of the virus could hit the area by March.
Variants don’t make people sick, but Los Angeles County Health director Barbara Ferrer said higher transmission rates would put more strain on the local health system.
“In our future work, we will need to take all necessary steps to prevent the infection,” Feller said. “This is a life-saving battle that takes place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in our hospital. Our healthcare professionals are exhausted.”
Officials pointed out that the December surge was a “different reality” than the July surge, and that the region could be hospitalized for infections during the holiday season.
At the county level, 281 new deaths were reported on Wednesday since the outbreak of the pandemic, killing a total of 12,955. In the last seven days, about 1,500 people have died in Los Angeles County, but the average number of deaths in the seven days since early November has increased by 1,133%.
Health officials also reported a total of 958,497 new cases, 14,564. The positive rate appears to be stable at 18%, but health officials still say it is “very high.”
Mortality rates for Latins have increased by more than 800% since November, far outpacing other groups.
In addition, the least serviced communities throughout the county are experiencing three times as many deaths as wealthy areas, officials said.
“We are in the midst of the worst health crisis our county and our country have seen in decades,” Feller said. “In less than three weeks we lost the same number of people we lost in the tragic 911 attack. These are not normal times, so act as if nothing was happening and go out. You can not.”