‘This Isn’t A Blip’: Coronavirus Cases Surge In LA County
COVID-19 is surging again in Los Angeles County.
Officials confirmed more than 1,400 additional infections Monday, following four straight days with more than 2,000 new cases — and the numbers are usually lower on Mondays due to weekend reporting delays.
While the increase isn't as steep as what we saw in July, county public health director Barbara Ferrer said the data is clear — and warns that the upswing is still happening at "an accelerated pace."
"This isn't a blip any longer, this isn't, 'Oh, we had one bad weekend, and we're now getting it back under control.' This is now a surge in our cases," Ferrer told reporters.
She said the increase is especially alarming heading into the colder winter months, which could put new pressure on local hospitals.
Ferrer blamed people getting together in small groups, including during Halloween.
“Many of these cases stem from people taking risks that are frankly not appropriate. It isn't that hard to play by the rules, especially since these rules are what keeps some people alive and allow our economy to improve,” she said.
Since the pandemic began, 323,625 people have tested positive in L.A. County and 7,177 have died.