LA COVID hospitals are on the rise, requiring a Mother’s Day warning – NBC Los Angeles

The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals has risen by 19 people to 258, according to the latest state data released Saturday.

The number of those patients treated in intensive care was 33, down from 36 on Friday.

Those numbers come a day after local health officials reported more than 3,200 new infections while warning again about the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on residents of Black and Latino/a.

The province reported 3,270 new infections on Friday, bringing the total total during the pandemic to 2,888,408. According to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, six more deaths were reported from the virus, raising the death toll to 31,991.

The average daily number of people who tested positive for the virus was 2.3% on Friday, about the same as Thursday.

The department does not report COVID data on weekends.

The health department warned Friday that during the pandemic, black and Latino/a residents have had a greater impact in terms of infections and deaths than white and Asian residents. Lower-income areas have also been hit harder.

The differences point to long-term differences in care levels and access to care, officials said.

Health officials noted that during the four COVID peaks the county faced, black and brown residents were two to four times higher than white residents. The number of hospital admissions was three to four times higher during the recent winter wave, and the death rate was two to three times higher during the same period.

COVID vaccinations have not fully resolved the discrepancies between rich and lower-income areas. According to the province, fully vaccinated residents in high-poverty areas were still twice as likely to become infected and end up in hospital than fully-vaccinated residents in wealthier communities.

Unvaccinated residents of high-poverty areas, meanwhile, are 12 times more likely to die from the virus than unvaccinated residents of wealthier areas.

County officials attributed the differences to factors such as the frequency of exposure, general community conditions and the general health of residents in the different areas.

Health officials have also said that the majority of people who die from COVID complications have underlying conditions, primarily hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

“As LA County continues through this other phase of the pandemic, the public health goal has not changed and we will work with partners to reduce serious illness and deaths from COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health, in a statement. declaration. “It just isn’t appropriate to tolerate disproportionality that leads to higher rates of morbidity, mortality and long-term disability in some residents and workers, when there are collective prevention strategies that can reduce spread and serious illness.”

Ferrer also urged people to exercise caution during Sunday’s Mother’s Day activities.

“As the virus spreads at a rapid pace, Public Health is asking everyone who gathers this weekend to celebrate and honor their mothers and grandmothers for keeping each other safe by testing before they come together, staying outside as much as possible, and wear masks when they are in,” she said in a statement on Saturday. “We wish everyone a happy Mother’s Day.”

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