Los Angeles County health officials Monday reported 15,413 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 additional deaths linked to the virus over the three-day Fourth of July weekend.
Los Angeles County's public health director announced Thursday a sharp upturn in COVID hospital admissions, increasing the likelihood of a return to an indoor mask-wearing mandate by late July.
Los Angeles County confirmed more than 12,000 new COVID-19 infections in its latest data, dating back to Saturday, along with 11 more deaths.
With a steady climb in transmission rate, Los Angeles County is on the verge of bringing back its indoor mask mandate -- again.
With a new infection rate of 762 per 100,000, the 12-to-17 age group has seen a doubling in its rate of contracting the virus over the past month. The rate among children aged 5 to 11 has jumped by 96% over that same time period.
Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer says that at the current pace of increases in local COVID-19-related hospitalizations, the county could move into the federal government's "high" virus activity category within a few weeks, possibly by the end of June.
Local health officials reported 12,694 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, with 13 COVID-related deaths and 486 hospitalizations.
Citing rising COVID-19 cases across the county and on campus, UCLA Friday will reinstate an indoor mask-wearing mandate for all students, staff and visitors at campus facilities.
Los Angeles County's rising rate of COVID-19 caused the county to downgrade Thursday from the federal government's "low" virus level to "medium" -- prompting calls from county officials to mask up indoors, get vaccinated and boosted and get tested at the first sign of illness.
The county reported 15 deaths over the three-day period that ended Monday, raising the local virus-related death toll to 32,037. Over the past week, the county has averaged six deaths per day, down from 11 per day a month ago.
The daily number of COVID-19 cases reported in Los Angeles County continued growing, according to the latest data, prompting renewed warnings that younger residents are most likely to become infected.
The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 2.1% as of Monday.
In a small bit of good news, the number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals decreased by 10 people to 248, according to the latest state data released Sunday.
Los Angeles County's public health director said she sympathizes with people weary of calls for mask-wearing and caution against COVID-19 spread, but with case numbers still rising and new variants emerging, she said it would be a "mistake" to drop all precautions.
The average number of daily new COVID-19 infections in LA County has jumped by about 200% over the past month, but the increase hasn't translated to rises in local hospitalizations or deaths.
Health officials have been reporting elevated daily case numbers in recent weeks, attributable largely to the BA.2 subvariant of the virus. An offshoot of that variant -- known as BA.2.12.1 -- has also begun spreading locally, and health officials said it is believed to be 20% to 30% more infectious than BA.2.
According to Ferrer, the infectious BA.2 subvariant of COVID-19 is now responsible for 88% of the local cases that underwent special testing to identify variants.
LA County reported more than 1,600 new COVID cases Wednesday. More than 700 school-based vaccination clinics are planned during May.
Many of the new cases were attributed to the BA.2 Omicron subvariant of the virus.
The City of Long Beach is planning to follow Los Angeles County in bringing back the travel mask requirements.