The coronavirus has claimed 28 more lives in Los Angeles County, officials reported on Wednesday, Aug. 11, the biggest daily human toll in the region since May 1. The leaders continue to scramble for the mandate which pushes the entire region and the state towards what has been done. a far elusive herd immunity.
Wednesday’s deaths raised the county’s total death toll from the virus to 24,833; 3,498 new daily confirmed cases – since the beginning of February – took the total to 1,335,332.
Experts say the virus has flourished since early July, after a period of relative latency, as the rapid scramble for vaccinations has subsided and more people are intermingled.
According to County Public Health, over the past month, there were an average of about six daily deaths in the county.
It was unclear whether the higher daily toll was a sign that the increased number of cases was beginning to translate into more deaths – a pattern seen in previous surges – or just a statistical/record-keeping blip. But if history is any indicator, officials will soon know if this is indeed a trend.
After California, local officials got help on Wednesday Became the first state in the country to require all Teachers and school staff must undergo vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing, as decided by Governor Gavin Newsom.
The statewide vaccine mandate for K-12 teachers comes as students return to campus from summer vacation amid growing concerns over the rapid spread of the highly infectious Delta variant.
NS Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 on Wednesday, Aug. 11, an ordinance from the city’s attorney to require people to show proof of at least partial vaccination against COVID-19 is available in most public indoor venues in the city, including restaurants, bars, gyms, concert venues, Movie theaters and even “retail establishments.”
Council President Nuri Martinez and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced the proposal last Wednesday.
O’Farrell, before noting on the United States’ history of eradicating smallpox and polio mostly through vaccination, said, “If we vaccinate at large across the country and around the world, the COVID-19 can be erased.”
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday opened the door for a uniform mandate across the county, though it had not yet been implemented.
During this the hospital beds were continuously filled. The state reported that 1,648 people were hospitalized with the virus on Wednesday, with 360 patients in intensive care beds.
Complicating matters is a new frontier in the fight against disease: healthcare. The re-emergence of the virus is now affecting hospital workers.
Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in an update to the board of supervisors on Tuesday, “With an increase in community transmission, there is now an increase in transmission again.”
Between July 25 and July 31, 268 healthcare workers and first responders tested positive for the coronavirus, Ferrer said, adding that the county is in line with the state’s recent requirements mandating health service worker testing of its own health order. which was followed on 5 August. The state mandates a thorough vaccination by September 30, with some exemptions.
Ferrer said on Tuesday, “We know that healthcare workers are not vaccinated equally and that frequent use of respirators and other PPE reduces the chances of transmission within health care settings, yet these workers are not vaccinated in their own health care settings.” Communities are at risk of being infected,” Ferrer said Tuesday. .
While the mandate has triggered some pushback, officials fear that without them hospitals fill with more patients, a growing number of hospital workers who are out because they also have the virus, not just medical care for the virus. Will start stressing the system again. For non-virus forms of care.
And as it stands, workers in hospitals were about half of the new cases, Ferrer said.
Under the state mandate, visitors to health facilities, including visiting staff, are required to show proof of complete vaccination or test negative in the 72 hours prior to travel. The order also mandates masking regardless of vaccination status and recommends applying a medical-grade mask or double masking.
Another 47 were new infections in skilled nursing facilities.
For the week ending August 1, 91 people in skilled nursing facilities tested positive for COVID-19: 28 new cases among residents, and 63 new cases among staff.
In contrast, during the week ending July 25, 69 new cases were reported among employees and residents at such facilities. That, too, surpassed the average of 20 new cases reported weeks ago.
Officials noted that 86% of residents and staff in skilled nursing facilities have been fully vaccinated.
Staff writers Nikki Johnson, City News Service and The Associated Press contributed to this report.