COVID-related deaths in Los Angeles County hit grim benchmark of 32,000 – Daily News

Los Angeles County reported more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 10, while the total number of deaths related to the virus reached a grim milestone of 32,000.

The 2,044 new infections reported Tuesday brought the county’s overall total during the pandemic to 2,897,513.

The county recorded four more COVID-related deaths to reach the 32,000 mark.

The number of COVID-positive patients at county hospitals rose slightly to 252, up 10 from Monday. The number of those patients seen in intensive care was 27 on Tuesday, the same as the day before.

Health officials have noted that while the number of COVID cases has risen sharply in recent weeks, the number of hospitalizations has remained relatively stable and daily deaths have continued to decline. On Monday, the county Public Health Department noted the effectiveness of COVID vaccines in preventing serious illness from infection with the virus.

“The lower numbers for hospitalizations and deaths reflect, in large part, the protection provided by vaccines against variants,” according to the county Public Health Department. “During the week ending April 22, unvaccinated people were four times more likely to be hospitalized compared to residents who were fully vaccinated, but not boosted, and five times more likely to be hospitalized than those who were fully vaccinated. vaccinated and reinforced.

According to the county, over the past week, it has averaged four daily virus-related deaths, a 72% decrease from the previous month. The daily average of virus-positive hospitalized patients averaged 245, about the same as a month ago.

The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 2.4% as of Tuesday, a rate that has held steady over the past week.

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