New Los Angeles Coronavirus Cases Reportedly Plummet By 50%, But State Data Says Otherwise
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On Wednesday, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, reported 425 new coronavirus cases in the city. According to the Mayor and the LA County Department of Health, 1,260 new cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours. The mayor said the new cases in the city mean a 1 percent increase.
The reported cases in the county would represent a free fall of almost 50 percent compared to the 2,364 reported on Tuesday. Not to mention the difference with the all-time high of more than 2,500, which the district reported on Monday.
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As if it couldn't get more confusing, the state of California from Wednesday pointed to 2,508 new cases in LA County.
When asked by Deadline about the discrepancy, Mayor Garcetti joked: "Welcome to the world of conflicting numbers."
But Garcetti wasn't worried about the situation. To take the seriousness of the rising numbers home, the mayor expressed it more clearly: "One in 400 people in Los Angeles County has or had COVID-19."
Earlier in the day, the state of California announced a record 7,149 new cases. This number appeared to be in conflict with the city and county numbers, since the LA county almost always accounted for the lion's share of the state's cases. And the same day the state saw a jump of 2,000 cases, the county saw a drop of 1,000 cases.
In the late afternoon, the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, hosted a COVID-19 press conference for the following day in an unusual announcement.
Garcetti said that there is usually a delay in the state numbers when they collect them. He speculated that over 7,000 new cases in the state could reflect data "36 to 24 hours earlier".
The mayor said he was paying more attention to the 7-day average of new cases. In this regard, Garcetti said, LA City previously made up a smaller portion of this cake, while LA City previously accounted for 40% of LA County cases.
However, the district's own Twitter posts only added to the confusion.
Just before Garcetti was on the podium, the county tweeted a graphic with 1,260 new cases.
LA public health
COVID-19 Daily Update:
June 24, 2020
Cases: 1,260 (89,490 in total)
Deaths: 34 (3,205 in total)
2:59 a.m. - June 25, 2020
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However, about 15 minutes earlier, the county released a tweet - since then deleted, but covered by deadline below - that showed 2,364 new cases. This figure seems to correspond more to the overall leap in the state.
The mayor pointed out that the recent increase in cases in other counties could be the cause of the increased number of states. However, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the southern California counties he is most concerned about are Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, and also Los Angeles.
Garcetti stressed the concern that 40 percent of all new infections occur in people between the ages of 18 and 40. "A month ago," he said, "it was 33 percent." Garcetti urged the younger residents not to gather to prevent further spread. "The virus," he said, "lives from our exhaustion."
"We should all work together better," said Garcetti, "because there are some worrying signals."
Among them, Garcetti reported that hospital stays in the city "are increasing slightly". The comment corresponded to that of the district officials on Tuesday when they warned of a similar trend.
The number of hospital stays in the city rose to 1,515, he said. That is from around 1350 to 1450, but according to Garcetti from a high of 1900 at its peak.
The mayor said he ordered the city "to scale the tests to meet demand" from 7,700 tests a day last week to 13,600 tests.
"Get out there and get tested," said the mayor.
On Wednesday earlier, Newsom announced that the state had seen another record number of newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases, 7,149 new infections. That's a jump of 2,000 infections in just 24 hours.
In the past 14 days, CA 1,052,101 have performed tests with a # COVID19 positivity rate of 5.1%.
This is an increase that we are following very closely.
Californians must remain vigilant and act responsibly.
Wear a face covering. Wash your hands Practice physical distancing.
9:19 p.m. - June 24, 2020
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In addition to a record number of cases, the state also had a record number of tests, over 90,000. But, said the governor, "these numbers can be misleading."
A more important number is the positivity rate of the people tested. Newsom recalled that it was 40.8 percent at the peak of the last curve. He said the 14-day chart total was 5.6 percent. But that's an increase of 5.1 percent.
"We see hospital admissions increasing," Newsom quoted another key indicator. The state "has seen a 29 percent increase in hospitalization over a 14-day period," he said. As with hospitalizations, Newsom stated that the past few days were more acute than the long-term trend.
A total of 52 deaths from the virus were 52, representing a total of 5,632. However, deaths are often a lagging indicator that only after cases have there been an increase, the rate of positivity and hospital admissions increasing. Public health officials hope to use these predictive numbers to prevent an increase in mortality.
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