Monday COVID Numbers Show Hospitalizations in LA County Rising to New Record High

COVID-19 related hospitalizations in Los Angeles County climbed back to record-setting levels on Monday after a single day on Sunday of the hospitalizations falling slightly.

As of Monday, there are 7,697 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. That’s 153 more people than were hospitalized on Sunday when there were 7,544 people hospitalized. Monday’s 7,697 people hospitalized breaks the previous record for hospitalizations of 7,627 people, which occurred on Saturday.

Of those hospitalized, 21% are in the ICU. That translates to about 1,550 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.

On Monday, Los Angeles County reported 9,142 new COVID-19 cases. That number is lower than in recent days, but does not mean the virus had peaked. Monday numbers tend to be lower due to delays in reporting over the weekend.

The county now has a cumulative total of 827,498 cases since the pandemic began in March.

County health officials announced 77 more people dead from the coronavirus on Monday. The county’s cumulative death toll is now 10,850 people.

To date, more than 4.8 million people have been tested for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Of those tested, an overall average of 16% are testing positive.

As of Saturday, LA County has received a total of 189,995 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 96,390 doses have been administered to frontline healthcare workers at acute care hospitals. As of Saturday, the county has received 81,571 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 22,221 doses have been administered to staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities as well as EMT’s and paramedics.

During his Monday press conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed that six people in the state have tested positive for the new, highly contagious COVID-19 variant, which was first detected in Great Britain two weeks ago. That nation just went back into extreme lockdown due to that variant’s rapid spread.

Of the six people in California who have the variant, four are in San Diego County while two others are in San Bernadino County. So far, the COVID variant has not been detected in Los Angeles County. While this new strain of the virus is not considered more dangerous, but it is far more contagious and spreads more rapidly.

West Hollywood recorded 8 new cases on Monday, for a cumulative total of 1,489 cases since the pandemic began. The city had no new deaths; the cumulative death total remains at 14 deaths.

Below are the numbers for areas near West Hollywood:

  • Beverly Hills – 20 new cases for a total of 1,704 cases and no new deaths for a total of 15 deaths.
  • Carthay neighborhood – 2 new cases for a total of 640 cases and no new deaths for a total of 31 deaths.
  • Culver City – 50 new cases for a total of 1,382 cases and no new deaths for a total of 42 deaths.
  • Hollywood – 29 new cases for a total of 3,523 cases and 1 new death for a total of 32 deaths.
  • Melrose neighborhood – 53 new cases total of 5,317 cases and 1 new death for a total of 107 deaths.
  • Miracle Mile – 7 new cases for a total of 582 cases and no new deaths for a total of 7 deaths.
  • Park La Brea – 4 new cases for a total of 381 cases and no new deaths for a total of 1 death.
  • Santa Monica – 28 new cases for a total of 2,901 cases and no new deaths for a total of 72 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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