According to Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, teen illness cases have risen sharply over the past six weeks and that age group “is currently leading to infections in LA County.” Ferrer made the statement during her regular press conference about her coronavirus.
Adults aged 18-29 currently have the highest case rate per 100,000 people of any demographic, just over 25, she said. Children aged 0 to 4 years old have the second highest rate per 100,000 population, just over 20 years old.
The two age groups have seen “explosive growth” in the past six weeks, says Ferrer. They now account for nearly 70% of all new cases.
Although the number of adults 18-29 years old hospitalized is still low, but this number is increasing, now accounting for 9-10% of total hospital admissions.
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When asked about the reasons for the rapid rise in youth, Ferrer pointed to social gatherings. “Those things are still a contagious place, especially inside,” she said, for young people. “We have example after example.”
Ferrer said she understands that young people get tired of being isolated and that when the bars are closed, they are trying to figure out how to socialize.
However, Ferrer wasn’t a fan of their solutions. “I said: You are visualizing it behind someone else’s back.”
Another reason, Ferrer said, is that young people are infected at gatherings and then bring COVIDs to work. “They are bringing infectious diseases into the workplace,” she said.
On Wednesday, the county reported 58 new deaths from the virus, for a total of 5,109.
There are 2,428 new cases reported, including nearly 700 cases from backlog due to a recent state reporting system failure.
So far, 10% of those tested are positive, Ferrer said.
Patients hospitalized for coronavirus and ICU with COVID-19 continued a downward trend.
Earlier in the day, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state had reported 11,645 new cases in the past 24 hours. That includes 6,212 backlog cases.
Newsom said that in the next 72 hours, the number of new backlogged cases would be pushed back on appropriate dates.
The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 has decreased by about 19 percent in the past 14 days. Number of people hospitalized with ICU related to coronavirus has decreased 16% year-on-year.
Los Angeles County said Tuesday that the total number of deaths from COVID-19 confirmed in the area has reached 5,000. A major milestone occurred when 63 new viral deaths were recorded.
The agency also recorded 1,440 new cases confirmed on Tuesday. This is down from 1,920 new cases reported on Monday; However, the figures still lack backlog due to a statewide glitch reported last week that resulted in a lower total reported for two weeks.