Increase in COVID Numbers “Cause for Concern” as County Crosses 7,000 Deaths

When Los Angeles County Health Director Barbara Ferrer spoke on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, she noted that the county has seen a concerning increase in daily case reports, rising from an average of about 940 per day at the beginning of October to almost 1,200 per day over the past week. She told residents that their decisions today will have a significant impact on any efforts to restart the economy in upcoming weeks.

“This is a call to everyone, both individuals and businesses, to understand the increases we’re discussing today are the results of decisions we collectively made two to three weeks ago,” Ferrer said. “Actions we’re taking today will influence whether we’re able to continue our recovery journey, or we stall or even take steps backward. We do need to slow the transmission to allow for economic recovery.”

While Ferrer frames the spike as being “not as steep as what we saw in July  – this is a cause for concern.”

Following all the recommendations – wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, keeping a social distance when shopping or talking with friends – are all important to keeping the spread of the virus down.

Ferrer’s comments came on a day the county reported the total number of pandemic related deaths to 7,000.

The county also announced another 861 cases of COVID-19. Although the number reflected the typically low amounts reported early in the week due to testing lags from the weekend, it was enough to lift the county beyond the 300,000-case milestone, with the total reaching 300,614.

Ferrer’s comments came on a day the county reported another eight coronavirus-related deaths, pushing the county’s cumulative total since the start of the pandemic to 7,000.

The county also announced another 861 cases of COVID-19. Although the number reflected the typically low amounts reported early in the week due to testing lags from the weekend, it was enough to lift the county beyond the 300,000-case milestone, with the total reaching 300,614. There were a total of 767 people hospitalized due to the virus as of Monday, down from 785 on Sunday.

 

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