Los Angeles County Coronavirus Update: New Cases Now Regularly Averaging Close To All-Time Record As Test Positivity Rate Soars Again

Moments after California Governor Gavin Newsom reported a shockingly large record number of daily coronavirus cases in the state, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer reported 2,496 new cases of COVID-19, just shy of the all-time record topping 2,500 on June 22.

Tuesday’s number of daily new cases was 4,015. That data included a backlog of tests, so it’s hard to call it a record. But the daily average is “now 2,400 a day,” according to Ferrer. Those numbers indicate that the number of daily new cases may remain at the near-record level for some time.

For perspective, less than a month ago the county Department of Public Health reported on June 13 it had measured 1,857 new confirmed coronavirus cases. That number represented a single-day record at that time. The daily average of new cases is now roughly 30 percent higher than what was a record single-day number at the time.

“We’re entering a phase where we’re seeing a rate of infection and hospitalizations like we did in late April. We’re even seeing a small increase in new deaths, which is usually a lagging indicator.”

California Coronavirus Update: Gov. Gavin Newsom Reports New COVID-19 Case Numbers That Shatter Daily Record by 64%

The daily positivity rate — a composite of a 7-day rolling average — is now 10.4 percent, according to the county health department. That’s a rate that Los Angeles County hasn’t seen since late-April.

“We are seeing a sharp increase in community transmission,” warned Ferrer.

The 3-day average of hospitalizations is now at over 1900 patients. According to Ferrer, that is ” more than any other time in the pandemic.” That number is rising daily by 10.4 percent, according to the 7-day average

Ferrer reported a relatively-high number 65 new deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, for a total of 3,642 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Minutes earlier, California Governor Gavin Newsom then announced a mind-boggling number of new coronavirus cases in the state. Over the previous 24 hours, California saw 11,694 new cases, which which includes a backlog of cases from Los Angeles County.

Testing backlogs have spiked the state’s daily new case numbers before, but the Wednesday number so far exceeds the state’s previous all-time high of 7,149 reported on June 24, that it cannot be ignored.

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