LA County Starts New Year with Sky High COVID-19 Numbers on Friday

Los Angeles County started the first day of 2021 with record setting number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, plus sky high numbers of new cases and new deaths.

The coronavirus pandemic is raging on Los Angeles County and is only expected to get worse in the coming weeks from people gathering, against recommendations, for events tied to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

As of Friday, there are 7,613people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. That’s 67 more people than were hospitalized on Thursday. That also sets a new record for hospitalizations in the county, beating the previous record of 7,546 which was set on Thursday.

Each day since Dec. 1, the county has broken the previous day’s record-setting number of people hospitalized. It looks like that trend will continue well into January as this third wave of the virus roars onward.

Of those hospitalized, 21% are in the ICU. That translates to about 1,530 people in the ICU.

The 11-county Southern California region’s ICU bed availability remains at 0%. It first dropped to 0% on Dec. 17 and has remained there ever since. Because of that low ICU bed availability, the state on Dec. 29 extended its regional stay-at-home lockdown order for an indefinite period of time. Only when the ICU bed availability rises to near 15% will the region’s lockdown order be lifted.

County health officials announced 207 more people dead from the coronavirus on Friday. The county’s cumulative death toll is now 10,552 people.

On Friday, Los Angeles County reported 20,414new COVID-19 cases. The county now has a cumulative total of 790,582 cases since the pandemic began in March.

To date, more than 4.74 million people have been tested for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Of those tested, an overall average of 16% are testing positive, a 1% increase in the past day since the daily positivity rates this week have been as much higher.

West Hollywood recorded 14 new cases on Friday, for a cumulative total of 1,445 cases since the pandemic began. The city had three new deaths; the cumulative death total is now 14 deaths.

Below are the numbers for areas near West Hollywood:

  • Beverly Hills – 26 new cases for a total of 1,661 cases and no new deaths for a total of 14 deaths.
  • Carthay neighborhood – 17 new cases for a total of 624 cases and 2 new death for a total of 31 deaths.
  • Culver City – 33 new cases for a total of 1,281 cases and 1 new death for a total of 41 deaths.
  • Hollywood – 76 new cases for a total of 3,392 cases and 2 new deaths for a total of 30 deaths.
  • Melrose neighborhood – 130 new cases total of 5,125 cases and no new deaths for a total of 101 deaths.
  • Miracle Mile – 11 new cases for a total of 561 cases and no new deaths for a total of 7 deaths.
  • Park La Brea – 5 new cases for a total of 365 cases and no new deaths for a total of 1 death.
  • Santa Monica – 55 new cases for a total of 2,806 cases and no new deaths for a total of 69 deaths.

The Carthay neighborhood incorporates the areas of Los Angeles between the Beverly Hills city limits and Fairfax Avenue, with Beverly Boulevard as the northern border and Wilshire Boulevard as the southern border.

The Melrose neighborhood incorporates the areas of Los Angeles east of La Cienega and west of Vermont Avenue, between Santa Monica Boulevard on the north and Beverly Boulevard on the south.

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