Asked on Thursday when he announced Indoor mask-wearing order if the county may consider reintroducing other health restrictions — such as capacity limitations and physical distancing — LA Public Health Officer Muntu Davis said, “Everybody It’s ready if things continue to get worse.”
On Friday, things got worse. The county’s average daily new case rate, which was just one per 100,000 residents on June 15 when the state reopened, rose to 8.2 per 100,000. The fact that it has increased by one full point from just 24 hours ago gives a sense of trajectory. That’s just one example of what public health officials call an “alarming trend of increased community transmission.”
One of those alarming trends is the number of cases. Even as the number of tests decreased, the number of cases skyrocketed. On Tuesday, the five-day average of new cases was 1,095. That number has grown by more than 500% in just one month. New cases in the 48 hours from Wednesday to Friday went from 1,315 counties with confirmed infections to 1,902 cases. That’s a 45% increase in two days. The last time daily cases were above 1,900 was in early February.
Number of people hospitalized in Los Angeles County due to the virus rose to 462 on Friday, up from 452 on Thursday and 406 on Wednesday, according to state figures. The number of people in intensive care rose back to the 100 mark, reaching 103 on Friday, up from 96 on Thursday. Hospitalizations have steadily increased over the past three weeks and are now more than double what was reported when Covid Health restrictions were lifted statewide on June 15.
The average rate of people testing positive for the virus also continued to soar, reaching 3.8% on Friday, up from 3.7% on Wednesday and well above zero. .3% from the beginning of June and 1.2% on June 15.