Covid affects more young people in Los Angeles. 83 percent under 50 – deadline

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Covid affects more young people in Los Angeles. 83 percent under 50 – deadline

Angels An alarming rise in the province Corona virus disease And cases continued on Saturday, with more than 1,000 consecutive daily infections recorded. The county reported 1,094 new cases and eight additional deaths.

On Friday, there were 1,107 new Covid-19 infections. That was double the number reported a week ago and the highest daily figure in the county since March. The high number of cases has been revealed despite a significant drop in testing since the beginning of the year.

Saturday’s number is staggering not only because it stayed above 1,000, but also because the numbers are usually much lower on weekends due to the lack of testing and late reporting.

The number of people hospitalized in Los Angeles County with the virus has also risen steadily, ballooning from 336 on Friday to 373 on Saturday, according to state numbers. There were 79 people in intensive care as of Saturday, down from 83 the day before.

The 7-day average test-positivity rate – considered one of the best measures of infection rise or fall – was 2.4%. A week ago the same rate was 1.5%. A month ago it was 0.3%. And despite the assumptions formed by the early trends of the epidemic, this spread does not occur in the population over 50 years.

Local health authorities said Saturday that transmission of Covid is increasing among the county’s younger, unvaccinated residents. Of the 1,094 new cases reported by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 83% were among people under 50 with the highest number of new cases among residents ages 18 to 49: 70% of new cases.

“As cases increase, so does the urgent need to vaccinate more people. Nearly 100% of new cases occur among those who have not been fully vaccinated,” said Barbara Ferrer, the county public health director. “All of our Covid-19 vaccines are very effective in protecting you. of severe illness from COVID-19 and variables of concern such as the delta variable. We remain focused on equitably delivering high-quality vaccines and health information to all Los Angeles County communities with a special focus on those communities that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.”

Certainly, the more people vaccinated, the lower the chance of infection, spread and emergence of new variants. Unfortunately, nearly 15% of Los Angeles County’s 10 million residents are under 12 years old and not yet eligible for vaccination. Overall, only 4.7 million Angelenos have been fully inoculated.

The delta variant is considered responsible for the mass casualties in India and the outbreaks in the UK and Israel. In the last two countries, studies He noted that, as a British report stated, “the increase was mostly driven by unvaccinated youth”.

Last week, 634 delta variant cases were identified in California. Friday’s total was 1,085. That’s a rise of 71% in just one week. Only a fraction of Covid-19 tests – the process by which individual variants are analyzed – are genetically sequenced, so the raw numbers are small compared to the numbers of overall new cases. But genetic sequencing gives an up or down indication of variable prevalence.

Federal officials said the variant is also believed to be responsible for the majority of new infections reported in the United States — the vast majority of them in the unvaccinated population.

Across the United States, the number of cases and the number of deaths has doubled in the past 24 hours. 48,241 new cases and 518 new deaths linked to Covid were reported Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. On Friday, Hopkins’ count was just over 20,000 and the death count was 257. The seven-day average test-positive rate on Saturday was 3.61%, up from 2.65% on Friday.

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