Los Angeles County is continuing to break records for coronavirus, with the most-ever hospitalizations for nearly every day in the past week and 8,000 deaths, public health officials said.
There are 3,113 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, 24 percent of which are in the ICU, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
“The County’s number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is increasing at a dangerous pace, and today’s number marks the first time in the pandemic we have reported more than 3,000 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19,” said department officials on Tuesday.
The number of COVID-19 patients is estimated to reach 4,000 within two weeks, according to public health.
The number of hospitalizations exceeds the peak of 2,232 people hospitalized with COVID-19 during the July surge. The daily number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased nearly every day since Nov. 1 when the daily number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 was 799.
An additional 8,547 coronavirus cases have been reported in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, according to public health.
The additional cases reported Tuesday bring the county’s cumulative total to 466,321, according to the department.
Last week, Los Angeles County reported the highest number of cases, with the record being topped for five days, according to the department.
The five-day average for daily new cases reported with COVID-19 is 8,993, nearly double the five-day average for daily new cases the county saw on the day after Thanksgiving, according to public health officials.
64 additional deaths have been reported Tuesday, with the total deaths across the county reaching 8,000, according to the department.
The State announced a Regional Stay Home Order went into effect at midnight Sunday and would remain in effect for at least three weeks in California regions where ICU capacity falls below 15%.
According to the State, as of Dec. 8, the Southern California Region has 10.1% staffed adult ICU capacity remaining.
Because L.A. County is in the Southern California Region, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order is set to be modified to fully align with additional safety measures across sectors and the required effective date. The Order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing. The State Regional Stay at Home Order is similar to the existing County Safer at Home Health Offer with additional sector closings.
The Order does not modify existing school guidance. Schools that are open under County protocols can continue to provide in-person instruction as permitted.
Over 3,900,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted as of Tuesday, with about 11 percent of those tests returning positive.
An additional 255 Santa Clarita Valley coronavirus cases were reported Sunday, the largest one-day increase the community has seen yet.
On Tuesday, 149 new COVID-19 cases have been reported across the valley, with 10,845 cumulative cases having been reported in the valley since testing began in March, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH). These cases include:
- 7,334 in the City of Santa Clarita* (+115)
- 305 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country (+10)
- 2,507 in Castaic* (+15)
- 52 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
- 364 in Stevenson Ranch (+7)
- 71 in the unincorporated areas of Valencia
- 129 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde (+1)
- 39 in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
- 16 in the unincorporated areas of Bouquet Canyon
- 17 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus/Canyon Country (+1)
- Seven in unincorporated Sand Canyon
- Four in San Francisquito/Bouquet Canyon
In nearby Acton, there have been 150 cases, as well as 67 cases in Agua Dulce.
*As of Monday, Dec. 7, public health officials have recorded 1,922 cumulative cases have been reported at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center, including 1,397 at the North County Correctional Facility. Those cases are distributed between both the City of Santa Clarita and Castaic totals.
As of Tuesday, Dec. 8, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has conducted 13,215 COVID-19 tests. Of those, 1,604 have tested positive, and 40 tests are still pending with Henry Mayo, according to Patrick Moody, spokesperson for the hospital.
There are 67 patients in the hospital as of Tuesday, Dec. 8, while 448 patients have been discharged since the hospital’s first case was reported in March, according to Moody.
Four additional death was reported at Henry Mayo this week with the number of COVID-19 patients doubling over the past month.
There have been a total of 43 coronavirus deaths at the hospital, with at least 84 COVID-19 deaths reported across the Santa Clarita Valley.
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