Cases among young adults have risen sharply in the past 6 weeks and that age group is “now moving infections in LA County,” according to Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer. Ferrer made the statement at her regular coronavirus conference.
Adults ages 18-29 now have the highest case rate per 100,000 people of any demographic, just over 25, she said. Children between 0 and 4 years old now have the second highest case rate per 100,000 people, less than 20 years old.
Ferrer said these two age groups have seen “explosive growth” in the last 6 weeks. They now account for nearly 70 percent of all new cases.
While the number of adults aged 18-29 who are in hospital is still small, it is growing, now accounting for 9-10 percent of all hospitalizations.
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Asked about the reason for the rapid growth among young people, Ferrer pointed to social gatherings. “They remain an easy place for broadcasting, especially inside,” for young people, she said. “We have example after example after example.”
Ferrer said he understands that young people are tired of being isolated and, with closed bars, are trying to find a way to be social.
Ferrer was not a fan of their solutions, however. “I say: You are understanding it on the backs of other people.”
Another reason, Ferrer said, is that young people are getting infected at rallies and then taking COVID with them to work. “They are getting infections in the workplace,” she said.
On Wednesday, the county reported 58 new deaths due to the virus, for a total of 5,109.
2,428 new cases were reported, including nearly 700 cases of backlog due to errors in the latest reporting system.
Ferrer said that, so far, 10 percent of those tested have been positive.
Hospitalizations due to coronavirus and ICU patients with COVID-19 continue to decline.
Earlier in the day, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state was reporting 11,645 new cases in the past 24 hours. This includes 6,212 backlog cases.
Newsom said that over the next 72 hours most of the talked about new backlog case numbers would be back on the right dates.
Hospitals due to COVID-19 had dropped by about 19 percent over the past 14 days. ICU admissions regarding coronavirus were down 16 percent over the same period.
The Los Angeles County said Tuesday that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the region has eclipsed 5,000. The dark spot came as 63 new deaths from the virus were recorded.
The agency also registered 1,440 new cases confirmed Tuesday. That was down from 1,920 new cases reported Monday; the figures however still did not have neglected data thanks to a nationwide glitch reported last week that resulted in under-reported amounts of up to two weeks.