The county of Los Angeles in California US, reported 11,366 new COVID-19 infections and 108 deaths on 17 January 2021, CNN reported on Monday.
This comes a day after the county passed a total of one million COVID-19 cases.
According to a news release from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH), these numbers, which are lower than any day of the past week, represent an undercount due to a lag in weekend reporting.
These numbers indicate that the daily positivity rate has dropped in the past seven days from 16.5% from 11 January 2021 to 14% on 17 January 2021.
Also, there are currently 7,498 hospitalised with COVID-19 in the county and 23% of those are in the ICU. Of the over five million individuals tested for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, 18% have tested positive.
The LADPH also announced its first confirmed case of the UK COVID-19 B.1.1.7 virus variant on 16 January 2021, in a male who had travelled to L.A county but is now isolating in Oregon.
According to LADPH, it believed the more contagious UK variant was likely already spreading in the community and urged residents to “more diligently” follow safety measures.
Published in M2 EquityBites on Monday, 18 January 2021
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