L.A. County Coronavirus Report: 93 New Deaths, 1,465 New Cases; U.S. Nears 500,000 Deaths – Update

Motorists line up for their COVID-19 vaccine a joint state and federal mass vaccination site set up on the campus of California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. Jae C. Hong/AP

UPDATE: After the Los Angeles Department of Public Health confirmed 14 cases of the UK variant of Covid-19,
Public Health has reported 93 new deaths and 1,465 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county.  The lower number of deaths and cases may reflect reporting delays over the weekend.

As numbers trend down, it should still be noted that the U.S. is on the grim milestone of hitting 500,000 deaths.

According to the New York Times, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci is optimistic that vaccination sites around the country will rebound after weather-related shipping delays of the vaccine. Fauci noted that two million of the delayed doses had already been shipped.

“We can play pretty good catch-up,” said Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser for Covid-19 on Meet the Press. “When you just, you know, put the foot to the accelerator and really push, we’ll get it up to where we need to be by the middle of the week.”

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health has confirmed two additional cases of the UK variant of COVID-19, totaling 14 total cases in LA County.

The new variant, classified as B.1.1.7, is known to be more contagious than the Wuhan strain of COVID-19. Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer urges even more caution with the potential rise of cases due to the newly introduced coronavirus variant. “With the U.K. variant circulating in the County, we will likely see more variant cases identified in the County. We must remain diligent with our safety measures even though we see overall decreases in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Let’s keep our guard up because we know letting our guard down will lead to more cases and, tragically, more deaths again,” said Ferrer.

The Department of Public Health has also confirmed 136 deaths and 2,393 new cases of coronavirus in L.A. County. To date, the department has tallied 1,179,063 cases across all areas of LA county with 19,793 deaths.

There are currently 2,498 hospitalizations in L.A. County, a 30% decline from the 3,426 hospitalized the week before. Of all current hospitalizations, 30% are in the ICU.

Today’s positivity rate marked 3.8%, a drop of 1.5% from the last week’s rate of 5.3%.

Residents under 50 years old constitute 64% of the new coronavirus cases reported today, with residents between the ages of 18 to 49 years old driving most of these cases. Residents 65 and older represent 71% of the reported deaths even though they make up just 15% of the new cases.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2021/02/los-angeles-coronavirus-update-additional-uk-variant-found-1234697795/