The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals has dropped for the eighth day in a row, decreasing from 3,720 to 3,710, according to the latest state figures.
Of those patients, 719 were in intensive care, down from 749 a day earlier.
About a week ago, there were more than 4,800 COVID-positive patients admitted at L.A. County hospitals, but the number has been steadily declining. County officials have reported that many COVID-positive patients—especially young children—have discovered that they were infected after going to the hospital for other reasons.
The latest figures come one day after local health officials reported 40 additional deaths associated with the virus, bringing the county’s death toll to 28,963 since the pandemic began. The county also reported an additional 10,715 positive COVID tests Monday, bringing the county’s total to 2,659,414.
The number of new COVID cases and deaths confirmed Monday were likely an undercount, representing delays in reporting from the weekend, officials said.
The average daily rate of people testing positive for COVID has also been dropping. As of Monday, the daily rate was 8.8 percent, down from 9.1 percent a day earlier and below the 13.2 rate a week earlier.
“We are encouraged with the high rates of compliance at local businesses where for months customers and employees have taken responsibility for wearing masks,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “With thousands of new people infected each day and a variant circulating that evades some of our vaccine protection, masking, when in close contact with others, remains an important layer of protection, especially for essential workers.”
City News Service contributed to this report.
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