COVID Climbs in LA County – Trends Predict a Return to Indoor Mask Mandates

Speaking to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on July 11, 2022, LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the county will likely reach the “high” community tier for COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, on Thursday, July 14.

Ferrer predicted this a week ago, but yesterday confirmed the trends are holding. The move back to the High tier signals that the local  health care system is in danger of being stressed by rising transmission and hospitalization rates, and if we remain at that level for two weeks, it will also trigger a return to mandatory masking in most indoor public spaces by the end of this month.

In addition to an increase in cases (green line below), the county is seeing continued increases in hospitalizations, up from 886 a week ago to 1,079 on Monday, and, for the first time since last winter, an increasing number of COVID-19-related deaths.

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