Los Angeles Coronavirus Update: County Records Highest-Ever Number Of New Daily Infections On Thursday, With An Asterisk
Los Angeles County reported a staggering 3,600 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. The large number was attributed to the resolution of a technical glitch that delayed a raft of test results over the past several days. But even subtracting the backlog, the spike is still the largest daily new cases total in at least two months.
County health officials estimated that about 2,000 of the newly-announced cases were the result of the backlog. That would set the day’s real total at 1600, far above the 800-1000 new cases in the past few weeks and still the largest daily case number recorded since August.
The county had announced 4,825 new cases on July 29, but cases during that period seem to have been adjusted downward on L.A.’s surveillance dashboard possibly after a previous data backlog that was reported in early August.
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“Today, I think, reflects sort of the catch-up,” Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the county Department of Public Health, said on Thursday. “If you look over the last one to two weeks, we’ve been averaging somewhere around 1,000 cases, maybe a little bit over 1,000 cases a day.”
The county also announced 18 new coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, pushing the overall total to 6,956.
The state of California reported a spike in deaths on Thursday, with 162. The state has not seen a number like that in at least a month.
As of Thursday, there were 777 people hospitalized in L.A. County due to the virus, up from 758 on Wednesday, 730 on Tuesday, 722 on Monday and 752 on Sunday.
County public health director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday there have been “concerning” upticks in cases in recent weeks, delaying a move to a less-restrictive tier of the state’s economic reopening roadmap.
The spike comes as about 30 of the country’s 50 states are headed in the wrong direction, with only one — Hawaii — seeing better COVID numbers.
The U.S. is now averaging about 60,000 new cases a day. That’s comparable with any time during the pandemic. Test positivity rates were in the 20s in many states, which is not a good place for the nation to be going into winter amid fears of a coronavirus-flu twindemic.
The L.A. numbers come as Deadline reported Thursday that the production of Reagan, the Ronald Reagan biopic filming in Oklahoma and starring Dennis Quaid in the title role, has been temporarily halted after an outbreak of coronavirus among crew members.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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