L.A. County coronavirus cases, hospitalizations rising as Thanksgiving nears
Los Angeles County health officials on Monday said nearly 16,000 cases of COVID-19 had been identified and treated as of mid-November, an increase of 571 over the previous week.
In the county with the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state — 1,900 as of Monday — they expect the number of hospitalizations to rise sharply in the next two weeks.
“The projections suggest that we will see thousands of hospitalizations during the next weekend, and that we’ll end up with hundreds and hundreds of deaths in the next two weeks,” said Dr. Mike Lee, chief medical officer of the county.
The county’s overall increase this year was 495 cases as of Monday, an increase of 468, or 1.4 percent, from the previous week. The increase is nearly as big during the last two days of the month as the last two weeks.
Los Angeles has a total of 19,933 cases of COVID-19 in the county as of Monday, an increase of 2,063 from the previous week.
In the county with the second-most cases, Pasadena, the increase was 1,929 between Monday and Friday, a sharp increase of 728 cases, or 1.3 percent, over the same period a week ago, according to health officials.
On Sunday, the number of cases was at 2,869, an increase of 1,085, or about 3.5 percent, from the previous week.
In the county with the third most cases, Orange, the number of cases was at 6,962 as of Sunday, a sharp increase of 2,914 cases, or 2.9 percent, from the previous week.
The number of cases was at 6,841 in Santa Ana on Monday, a sharp increase of 3,811 cases