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LA County registered 2,000 new coronavirus cases in 2 days

Los Angeles County recorded more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases in two days, part of a troubling increase in the number of cases as virus transmission increased among unvaccinated individuals.

It was the first time since early March that the province reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in two consecutive days.

These numbers underscore growing concerns about how the highly contagious Delta strain spread COVID-19 to non-vaccinated individuals. Authorities said those vaccinated will be protected.

Authorities said about 59 percent of LA County residents have been at least partially vaccinated so far, but that leaves millions more at risk.

“We’re a big county, so the numbers are staggering in terms of people at risk of being infected,” Los Angeles County public health director Barbara Ferrer said last week.

1,044 cases were reported on Friday and another 1,111 cases were reported on Saturday, according to a Los Angeles Times count of cases.

In the past seven days, LA County has reported an average of 756 new cases per day. That is three times the average number of cases for the seven-day period ending June 26, when 244 cases were reported daily.

The number of hospital admissions will also increase. The number of hospital admissions from COVID-19 rose to 373 on Friday – the highest number since early May – with an increase of about 76% from the record low of June 12, when hospital admissions fell to 212 The daily number of reported COVID-19 deaths remained low, averaging seven deaths a day.

Officials said on Saturday that vacant younger residents transmitted the virus the most. In the new cases reported Saturday, 70% were the youngest adults, aged 18 to 49.

“Due to increased mixing and social activity in the summer and the circulation of more variants … there is an increased risk of COVID-19 infection for those who are not fully vaccinated,” the LA County Department of Public Health said in a statement.

Average daily cases of coronavirus across California are also increasing. Saturday night, California reported an average of more than 2,000 new cases daily for the past week, a figure not seen since April. The number of statewide hospitalizations raised to 1,381 since Friday, a number not seen since mid-May.

“Our current hospitalization trends and increasing Delta Variant … our remaining infected vaccines are worrisome,” said California state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan in a tweet.

LA County continues to recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks in public areas indoors, because they are concerned that a small number of vaccinated people can transmit the virus to others.

State and federal officials said there is no need for vaccinators to wear masks in indoor environments, given the high level of vaccine effectiveness.

Delta is currently out of California’s most identified variant, accounting for 42.9% of cases analyzed in June, according to new figures released by the Ministry of Health on Thursday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention too estimates that the Delta variant, believed to be twice as transmissible as conventional coronavirus strains, now accounts for 51.7% of cases nationwide.

Despite the dangers posed by Delta, officials emphasize the vaccines available to hold well – providing a high degree of protection against both infection and the more serious health effects of COVID-19.

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