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Over One-Quarter Of Positive COVID Cases In LA Are Fully Vaccinated People

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Cases are up across L.A., with over a quarter of cases being those who are fully vaccinated.
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Los Angeles County health officials reported more troubling COVID-19 increases on Tuesday. They confirmed more than 2,000 new cases, along with 15 additional deaths.

And as case numbers continue to climb, more vaccinated people are now testing positive for the virus.

From July 1 to July 16, more than one-quarter of new infections were among fully vaccinated Angelenos, though county public health director Barbara Ferrer says those cases were not serious.

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"Although vaccinated people are seeing a rise in new COVID diagnosis, they are primarily experiencing their infections, not as severe illnesses that bring them to the emergency room, but as bad colds," says Ferrer.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of severe COVID cases are still occurring among unvaccinated people.

To date, more than 800 people are now receiving treatment for the disease in area hospitals — that's about a 30% increase compared to last week.

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