Los Angeles County Public Health officials reported 2,550 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, July 21, the biggest single-day tally of infections since February.
The latest official daily tally was a 20-fold increase from June 21, when the county reported 124 cases, marking the impact of the Delta variant and the continuing challenge of vaccination to more residents of the county.
The total death toll has risen to 24,594, with seven more deaths posted since the pandemic began. The total number of infected initially increased to 1.3 million people, a number considered by some experts to be too high.
Together, the virus is descending at a younger age — 83% are under 50 and 65% are between 18 and 49 — and there are unvaccinated people in LA-area hospitals. The state tracker noted 60 more hospitalizations from the day before, which climbed to 645, with 140 in intensive care.
In the latest fatal human toll, two people were between the ages of 65 and 79, three were between the ages of 50 and 64, and one person was between the ages of 30 and 49, according to the county.
County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said, “Due to the interaction of the more contagious Delta variant and unmasked individuals where vaccination status is unknown, unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in cases in L.A. County that was somewhat higher than the previous year.” It’s like summer.” Statement. “A key difference this summer is that with millions of people vaccinated, we hope to avoid a similar increase in deaths last year.
“By adding a mask requirement for everyone, the risk of transmission of the virus will be reduced, and with an increase in the number of people vaccinated, we should be able to slow the spread,” she said. “Wise masking indoors adds a layer of protection to potent vaccines. It is important that we work together to reduce transmission so that community transmission is reduced when schools reopen.”
Among cities with independent health departments: Pasadena reported 20 more new cases for a total of 11,593; The death toll in the city stood at 351. Long Beach reported a total of 949 deaths and 54,890 new cases since the start of the pandemic.
Even amid the dismal figures, there is hope, officials said, that given adequate immunity in the population and a revived mask mandate, the region will not experience the steep rise in deaths as with the previous increase.
Ferrer lamented and expressed concern how the pattern of growth in this summer’s case is similar to last summer. But the words here were filled with a tone of optimism.
“A key difference this summer is that with millions of people vaccinated, we hope to avoid a similar increase in deaths last year,” she said in a statement accompanying her daily report.
During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Disease Control Director Rochelle Valensky said the delta variant is responsible for more than 80% of new coronavirus infections, while nearly two-thirds of US counties have vaccine coverage rates below 40%. In LA County, 62% of the population has been fully vaccinated, with many experts believing that there is still too little to fully recover from.
What complicates matters for public health officials, however, is that a vast majority of unvaccinated Americans believe the COVID-19 vaccine poses a greater risk to their health than the virus itself.
a new survey Yahoo News/YouGov published in USA Today found that 37% of unvaccinated respondents believe that vaccines represent a greater health risk than COVID-19. About 35% of those surveyed say they’re not sure, and only 29% say getting the virus is more risky than getting vaccinated, according to a Yahoo News/YouGov poll, which found 13-15 reached 1,715 US adults by July. The survey has a margin of error of 2.7%.
The survey appears to be pushing back broad agreements among scientists about the safety of vaccines.
Recently there have also been headlines highlighting the “breakthrough” infection of those already infected.
From Major League Baseball stars to Summer Olympians, sports fans are seeing daily reports about infected athletes.
With the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games set for Friday, Kara Ecker, a member of the US women’s gymnastics team, tested positive at a training camp outside Tokyo. She said she was vaccinated.
WNBA player Katie Lou Samuelson, a standout at Santa Ana’ Mater dei High and NCAA champ Yukon, pulled out of Olympic and 3-on-3 basketball competition after testing positive — even despite vaccinations.
But public health experts point to overwhelming evidence that the shots are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do: dramatically reducing serious illness and death.
“When you hear about a successful infection, it doesn’t mean the vaccine is failing,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top infectious disease expert, told a worried Senate panel this week. The shots are catching on, he said, even in the face of the highly contagious Delta variant, which is burning through unincorporated communities.
The best indicator: US hospitalizations and deaths are nearly all uninsured, and real-world figures from Britain and Israel support that protections against the worst cases remain strong.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.