Los Angeles County reported 2,152 new cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional deaths on Wednesday, Nov. 11, bringing the county’s totals to 327,964 cases and 7,216 fatalities.
The high number of new cases came one day after officials said it would be weeks before the county could move into a less-restrictive tier of the state’s four-tier economic-reopening roadmap.
The county update did not include the latest numbers from Pasadena and Long Beach, which operate their own independent health departments. Pasadena reported 15 new cases, bringing its total to 3,008; the city’s death toll remained at 129. Two new fatalities raised Long Beach’s death toll to 265, while 79 new cases raised the city’s total since the pandemic began to 13,967.
The number of L.A. County residents hospitalized due to the virus also continued its recent spike Wednesday, increasing to 903 from 888 on Tuesday and 855 on Monday.
Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Health and Human Services secretary, noted Tuesday that hospitalizations have increased by 31.6% statewide over the last two weeks, while the number of people in intensive care units was up nearly 30%.
Ghaly also said rising case numbers statewide mean the situation will likely be even worse next week.
“As we look forward to next week and we see which counties may have missed their current tier threshold this week, we anticipate if things stay they way they are, that between this week and next week over half of California counties will have moved into a more restrictive tier,” Ghaly said. “And so that certainly is an indication that we’re concerned and that we have to keep a close watch on what’s happening.”
County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer gave the Board of Supervisors a recap of the county’s surging virus cases Tuesday, noting that the increases will stall hopes of moving out of the most restrictive “purple” Tier 1 of the state’s matrix.
“The earliest we would see this county move to Tier 2 would be four weeks from now, and that’s if every single person gets back to helping us slow the spread (of the virus),” Ferrer said.
L.A. County has been mired in the purple level since the tier system was implemented. For one week, it met the threshold to advance to the red tier, but counties must meet the guidelines for two consecutive weeks to move up the ladder, and Los Angeles couldn’t maintain the needed statistics.
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