Los Angeles County health officials are expected to address the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference Wednesday after cases hit 211,800 while hospital admissions continue to decline.
Last month, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned of a sudden spike in death due to a surge in hospital admissions during the end of July. As of Tuesday, 4,763 people have died from the virus, a death toll statistics show that health officials say residents from the LA communities have the highest rates of poverty and people of color.
The number of daily hospitalizations increased during June and July before reaching a peak of 2,232 on July 20. Since then, hospitalization rates have been falling steadily.
“We have an average of about 1,600 hospitalizations daily, due to the physical changes of our residents,” Ferrer said on Monday. “This is a remarkable improvement within a week, and it is only happening because of all the work that everyone is doing.”
That day, officials said 1,514 people were hospitalized for the virus.
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