“We are seeing a slight decline in the seven-day average number of cases, and in the past week we have seen cases fall by about 15%,” Health Director Barbara Ferrer told reporters during a weekly online briefing. “But with increased routine screening testing in the coming weeks, I think our number of cases will remain relatively high.”
Health officials say hospitals are filling up with COVID patients who have not been vaccinated, mostly elderly, non-vaccinated people who are 15 times more likely to end up in the hospital.
The rise in admissions is slowing down a bit, but not enough.
“Deaths have also risen by about 6% over the past week to a seven-day average of 18 deaths a day. This is a reminder that the virus continues to cause serious life-threatening illness among many who are infected,” Ferrer said. .
“And the losses are frankly more tragic because almost anyone can be prevented with our extremely safe and widely available vaccines.”
The county reported a further 31 deaths on Thursday, increasing the total death toll from the pandemic to 25,181. A further 3,226 cases were also confirmed for a pandemic totaling 1,394,488.
A West Hollywood-based oncologist is making a case for mask and vaccine mandates. Dr. James Berenson says that although his cancer patients have been vaccinated, the vaccines are significantly less effective for most of them due to their treatments and the state of their immune system, leaving them unprotected against COVID.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID patients landing in hospitals is rising again nationwide. There are now more than 100,000 people hospitalized with COVID -19 – the highest number in seven months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When it comes to booster shots, experts recommend that people wait eight months after being fully vaccinated to get one. This is when the effectiveness of the vaccines begins to decline.
The CDC’s advisory board is set to meet next week to discuss official recommendations for booster shots.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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