LA County's Daily Coronavirus Numbers Are Finally Back Down To Pre-Surge Levels
Los Angeles County's COVID-19 metrics have dropped to some of their lowest levels in months. Officials reported fewer than 1,000 new, confirmed cases today, along with 32 deaths.
The county's daily test positivity rate is now just 3%. That's the lowest it has been since COVID-19 tests were made available to the general public.
And COVID-19 cases among health care workers are now at the lowest they've been since the pandemic began last year (largely because many health care workers have been vaccinated).
County public health director Barbara Ferrer says all of this is proof that vaccinations are leading to significant decreases in new infections.
Ferrer says the numbers indicate that the worst of the winter surge is finally behind us:
"We’re thankfully returning to average daily case numbers that the levels we saw before the surge. These declines are real and we’re grateful for the choices made, and the work done by everyone, individuals and businesses that [are] making this possible."
As the county opens up vaccine appointments to more essential workers today, including food and agricultural workers, Ferrer pleaded with anyone not in those groups, but still able to book a slot, to wait for their turn to come:
"Don't take away an appointment from an eligible worker, and please don't come to the vaccination sites, because you will need to be turned away."
You can see those numbers here:
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NUMBERS:
Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily newsletters. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.