Los Angeles still faces a threat from COVID-19, but the impact from the Delta variant on the region appears to be lessening. Crosstown is following the progress on all COVID-19 information to deliver the most important data about infections and vaccinations.
The seven-day average COVID-19 case rate decreased by 25.5% from Aug. 31-Sept. 7. The previous week, average cases fell by 12.5%. On Tuesday, the seven-day average of new cases was 2,073; the figure has not been this low since July 22.
Average and daily coronavirus numbers in Los Angeles County, July 9-Sept. 8
The seven-day average of deaths has generally remained in the mid-20s for the past three weeks, though it peaked at 30 on Labor Day. This marked the first time average deaths have reached the 30s since mid-April. On Tuesday, the seven-day average dropped back down to 26.
Daily hospitalization figures, as reported by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, have also been trending downward. On Monday there were 1,480 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and by Wednesday the level fell to 1,433; this marked the first time hospitalizations dropped below 1,500 in nearly a month.
The positivity rate continues to fluctuate around 2.5%, and on Tuesday stood at 2.7%. The rate was 6.3% at the end of July.
Taking a shot
After more than 200,000 vaccinations were dispensed last week, the rate of inoculations has dipped again. Between Aug. 27-Sept. 2, the County administered 155,020 total doses, including 84,644 second doses. Still, this is a significant improvement from the approximately 60,000 vaccinations dispensed in the week of Aug. 13-19.
As of Sept. 2 (the most recent day for which data is available), a total of 11,874,815 doses had been administered to Los Angeles County residents. A total of 5,301,639 people have received second doses.
This breaks down to 75.1% of residents 12 and older having received at least one dose, and 66% are fully vaccinated.
Rates also continue to rise for the youngest eligible to get a shot. According to the Department of Public Health, 60.8% of county residents ages 12-15 have received at least one dose; for 16- and 17-year-olds, the figure is 68.3%.
How We Did It: We analyzed coronavirus data related to new cases, deaths, hospitalization and vaccinations data provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.