LA County COVID Numbers Decline; Vaccinations and Masking Make a Major Dent in Infections, Fatalities

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported another nine fatalities due to COVID on September 7, 2021, raising the cumulative death toll from the pandemic to 25,465. Another 1,060 cases were confirmed, for a pandemic total of 1,421,616.

L.A. County’s seven-day average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus fell from 3.3% to 2.7%, moving a critical marker in a positive direction.

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer noted Thursday that the county has begun to see decreases in the rate of new infections. According to Ferrer, the county’s cumulative seven-day rate of new cases was 159 per 100,000 residents last week, a 16% drop from the previous week and down 22% from the peak of 204 per 100,000 residents in mid-August.

“Reflecting the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, deaths among healthcare workers are low,” Ferrer said in a statement. “As we have implemented layers of protection, including universal masking indoors, and continue to increase overall vaccination coverage, we are seeing declines in L.A. County metrics. Of the nearly 10.3 million L.A. County residents, including those who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, 56% are fully vaccinated. When we keep increasing vaccination coverage, while masking up and applying other layers of protection, we break the chain of transmission and protect the most vulnerable and the 1.3 million children not yet eligible for vaccine.”

All health-care workers in the state must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30.

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