Covid-19 cases in Southern California’s Los Angeles County have risen to more than 10,000 cases per week — an outbreak not seen since March — as the Delta strain continues to pose a threat to those unvaccinated.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Monday that the county saw more than 1,300 new positive cases and two deaths.
The spike in cases comes after the province removed its mandate to wear indoor masks.
Los Angeles County reinstated its indoor mask mandate on Sunday as the Delta variant boosted positivity numbers
A tourist posed for a photo in Hollywood as people adjust to wearing their masks
A man dons his American flag face mask as he takes to the streets of Hollywood on July 19th
Infections have increased across the country, mainly driven by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant first identified in India
The recommendations come just a month after California dropped coronavirus restrictions. Above, shoppers in a Hollywood store on July 19th
The Los Angeles Times found that Los Angeles County recorded an average of 101 weekly cases for every 100,000 residents in the past month. That means the county has a “high” community transfer status, as defined by the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention.
A region must hit 100 or more weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants to be labeled as such.
So far, about one in eight people in the province have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The mandate was reinstated on Sunday after a 700% increase in cases due to the Delta variant.
The average number of daily new Covid cases last week was 32,278 — a 66% increase from the daily rate the week before, and a shocking 145% higher than two weeks ago, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The average number of daily new COVID-19 cases in the United States has tripled in the past 30 days.
The average number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased by 21% in the past 30 days to more than 19,000.
Nearly 25,000 people are currently hospitalized with Covid – a 26% increase from last week, CNN reports.
The average daily number of deaths, which may lag other indicators, rose 13% in the past week to 258.
Daily case numbers and the seven-day moving average continue to rise in the United States
The US remains the world leader in deaths from COVID-19
In California, cases of the Delta variant made up 48.8% of all new cases registered in the state in June, compared to just 6% in May.
The imposition of LA’s mandate for indoor masks came when health officials from eight Bay Area counties also recommended that vaccinated and unvaccinated residents wear masks indoors.
They said their recommendation was made “out of an abundance of caution” as an “extra layer of protection for unvaccinated residents.”
Unvaccinated people are at particular risk of contracting the Delta variant, say health experts, such as CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned the current outbreak is becoming “an unvaccinated pandemic” as most cases, hospitalizations and deaths among people yet to be taken are the shot as the nation’s vaccination stalled.
About 53% of LA County residents have been fully vaccinated, while 60% have received at least one shot, the LA Times reported.
The spike in the case comes as the country’s vaccination efforts have stalled
More than 34.1 cases have been registered in total
dr. Jerome Adams, the former US Surgeon General, in a tweet urged the CDC to keep LA County’s mask policy as an example to stop telling people not to wear masks.
“The emerging data suggests that CDC should advise vaxing AND masking it in areas with [rising] cases and positivity — until we see the numbers drop again,” Adams wrote.
“The highly contagious Delta strain is now the predominant strain in Contra Costa County,” said health official Dr. Chris Farnitano. “While vaccines remain our best tool against COVID-19, masking in indoor and crowded outdoor environments will help us curb the spread of this latest wave of infection.”
Perhaps most worrisome is the spread of cases, despite the Bay Area’s high vaccination rates.
In San Francisco, for example, 83% of residents over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 76% of the population over the age of 12 has been fully vaccinated.
Still, cases are on the rise, with a seven-day moving average of 58 new cases registered last week, compared to a low of 10 in mid-June.
“The Delta variant is spreading rapidly and everyone should take action to protect themselves and others from this potentially deadly virus,” said Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss against the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Unfortunately, although we have very high vaccination rates and the excellent protection it provides, we are still seeing the number of cases rising,” said Dr. Sarah Rudman, Santa Clara County Assistant Health Officer. CBS SF Bay Area.
She said the variant had become a particular problem among the unvaccinated population of the province, and recommending that everyone wear masks was to ensure that the unvaccinated continue to wear masks.