LA County COVID-19 deaths skew younger; case rates rising among children

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Public Health officials are reporting 3,627 caller COVID-19 cases and 30 much deaths connected Saturday, Aug. 28, arsenic the fatalities proceed to skew younger.

Of the latest deaths, conscionable 3 were implicit the property of 80, portion 7 were nether property 50, including 1 nether 30. according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.

To date, Public Health has identified 1,400,837 affirmative cases of COVID-19 crossed each areas of L.A. County and a full of 25,240 deaths.

There are 1,692 radical with COVID-19 presently hospitalized with 436 are successful intensive attraction units.

Testing results are disposable for much than 8,066,000 people, with 16% investigating positive. Saturday’s regular trial positivity complaint was 2.4%.

Case rates among children has importantly increased. Among unvaccinated children ages 12 to 18, the lawsuit complaint roseate from 73 to 307 caller cases per 100,000 youth, portion the complaint among vaccinated children roseate from 11 to 76 caller cases per 100,000, resulting successful a four-fold quality betwixt vaccinated and unvaccinated children.

“Case, hospitalization and decease rates are higher among unvaccinated members of each groups than they are among those vaccinated,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “Vaccinated radical proceed to person rates for each outcomes that are many-fold little than those unvaccinated — they are 4 to 8 times little apt to beryllium hospitalized, and 5 to 7 times little apt to dice from an infection.

“During this play of precocious transmission, protecting those younger than 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, is of utmost value and we tin each instrumentality arsenic galore precautions arsenic feasible to bounds hazard of transmission.

She provided a database of information precautions including:

— Moving activities outdoors whenever possible;

— Distancing and avoiding crowds;

— Masking ever erstwhile indoors and outdoors if distancing isn’t possible; and

— Carefully assessing nonessential activities that transportation much hazard of transmission.

“These precautions, unneurotic with vaccinations for each those eligible, support our youngest region residents and assistance support our schools open.”

On Friday, Ferrer cited lawsuit statistic involving schools, calling the results “somewhat sobering.”

She said that during the week of Aug. 16-22, 3,186 caller cases were confirmed successful schools, with the highest percent involving Los Angeles Unified School District campuses, wherever play investigating is required.

During the period of August, 14 schoolhouse “outbreaks” person been confirmed, involving 3 oregon much linked infections, with Ferrer noting that fractional of them were associated with younker sports.

“This microorganism continues to origin serious, life-threatening unwellness among galore who are infected and the differences successful decease rates betwixt unvaccinated and vaccinated radical are stark,” Ferrer said successful a statement.

She said that mean regular deaths person accrued by 6% implicit the past week, reaching a seven-day regular mean of 18 per day, adding that unvaccinated radical are seeing the brunt of the deaths.

“Unvaccinated adults ages 18 to 49 person a decease complaint of astir 2 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with astir nary deaths among vaccinated members of this property group. Meanwhile, adults implicit 50 who are unvaccinated were 28 times much apt to dice arsenic a effect of COVID-19 than those implicit 50 who are vaccinated.”

County officials person been reporting flimsy increases successful cases among residents and unit astatine skilled nursing facilities implicit the past month, contempt the comparatively precocious vaccination rates successful specified facilities. Officials attributed the increases to the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19, which is blamed for the bulk of existent infections crossed the country.

According to the region Department of Public Health, 102 COVID cases were confirmed successful skilled nursing facilities during the week ending Aug. 15 —25 among residents and 77 among unit — on with 3 nonmigratory deaths. Over the erstwhile 4 weeks, an mean of 79 caller cases were reported astatine nursing facilities.

The region has begun administering 3rd doses of COVID vaccines for “immunocompromised” residents astatine nursing facilities. So far, astir 150 specified shots person been administered.

“Vaccinations are what make a almighty furniture of extortion for nursing location residents — and this extortion has constricted the devastation of Delta for immoderate of our astir susceptible residents,” Ferrer said.

According to Ferrer, 74% of eligible L.A. County residents property 12 and up person received astatine slightest 1 dose of vaccine, and 64% are afloat vaccinated. Of the county’s wide colonisation of astir 10.3 cardinal radical — including those nether property 12 who aren’t eligible for the shots — 63% person received astatine slightest 1 dose, and 55% are afloat vaccinated.

Again highlighting the effectiveness of the vaccines, Ferrer noted that among 5.2 cardinal residents who were afloat vaccinated arsenic of Tuesday, 32,678 tested affirmative for the virus, for a complaint of 0.63%. Only 881 afloat vaccinated radical person been hospitalized, for a complaint of 0.017%, and 95 person died, for a 0.0018% rate.

Ferrer noted that unvaccinated Black residents proceed to person the highest complaint of caller COVID infections, but that colonisation saw a 28% diminution successful the corruption complaint implicit the past 2 weeks.

“We are concerned, however, by the continued emergence successful the lawsuit complaint among unvaccinated Latinx residents who person seen their cases summation by 200% implicit the past month.

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