Los Angeles County reported no deaths from COVID-19 Sunday, a stunning turnaround for California’s most populous district, which has suffered 23,915 deaths since the pandemic began.
It is the first time in 410 days that the province has not reported at least one COVID fatality.
But health officials warned that the historical figure could be due to an under-rating due to delays in reporting COVID figures over the weekend, the The LA Times reports.
Health officials reported 313 new cases and 410 hospitalizations Sunday in the county, which covers much of the Los Angeles metropolitan area and has a population of more than 10 million people.
California now has the lowest COVID rate of any state in the country after alternating waves of death and lockdown over the past 12 months.
Less than four months ago, the county experienced its deadliest day when a record number of 290 died on January 8, according to official figures.
More than half of the population in LA County has had at least one vaccination, and just under a third have been fully vaccinated.
From a peak of nearly 300 deaths per day in early January, LA County, California, reported no COVID deaths on Sunday, May 2
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A person skateboarding along the Venice Beach boardwalk on April 28, 2021 in Venice, California. LA County reported no deaths from COVID for the first time since March
The death rate quickly grew to over 40 and fluctuated between 30 and 40 until the end of August.
The state was plunged into one of the country’s strictest lockdowns, with residents only allowed to leave their homes for groceries and exercise.
California became the first state to issue statewide house arrest last spring and has endured the country’s longest blockade.
The state employed a complicated color-coded level system that would determine the constraints by province.
Restrictions were relaxed as the October death rate fell to about 15 per seven-day moving average.
But the virus stubbornly crept back during a second wave in November.
Daily deaths first reached more than 100 per day on December 11 and peaked at 290 deaths on January 9.
In January alone, 6,411 people died.
The latest COVID-19 figures show that the number of cases is on a steady downward trend
The death toll remains stubbornly high in some parts of the country
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But as the introduction of the vaccine accelerated, LA County rounded the curve.
Now California has the lowest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the country, and more than half of the population eligible for vaccination has received at least one dose.
Children are returning to in-person classes, shops and restaurants are expanding, and government Gavin Newsom has set June 15 as a target date to further reopen the economy, albeit with some health-related restrictions.
Disneyland in Los Angeles has reopened at a 25% capacity.
Visitors must wear masks and can only drop them off to eat in designated areas. Hugs and handshakes with characters are off limits, and parades and fireworks displays have been suspended to limit crowds.
And the city’s famous beaches, such as Venice and Malibu, have been buzzing with life for the past few weeks.
While California continues to “strongly discourage” anyone from visiting the state as a tourist, the travel industry is counting on pent-up demand from its own nearly 40 million residents for a comeback.
An advertising campaign encourages Californians to travel within the state, echoing a pitch made after 9/11.
Governor Gavin Newsom said last week that the state is reviewing its mask mandate in light of new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control that allow vaccinated people to go out maskless unless they are in a crowded area.
In the US, the 14-day mean for COVID deaths yesterday was 693, according to the New York Times tracking data.
Some districts in Michigan, Utah, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, and Washington state report more than 50 cases per 100,000 people.