Los Angeles — The average daily number of coronavirus cases in California tripled last month as the California pandemic worsened dramatically.
Coronavirus now infects more Californians daily than at any other time in the COVID-19 pandemic, and there are concerns that coronavirus-related deaths will peak again by Christmas.
As of Saturday night, California has recorded an average of more than 11,500 new coronavirus cases per day over the past seven days, more than triple the number on October 21, according to a Times analysis.
Even during the summer surge that led to the worst COVID-19 deaths season in California, the average daily number of 7-day coronavirus cases did not exceed 10,000.
According to the analysis, hospitalizations for COVID-19 doubled last month. And the death toll of COVID-19 has suddenly started to increase recently. An average of 65 California deaths were reported daily last week, an increase of more than 50% from two weeks before an average of 43 deaths were reported daily.
The rate at which Californians test positive for the coronavirus increased dramatically last week. This is a nasty sign that a highly contagious virus is spreading rapidly. The coronavirus positive rate on Saturday reached 6.1%, double the 2.98% on November 1.
On Saturday, both San Diego County and San Bernardino County recorded the highest daily coronavirus cases in pandemic history, according to health officials.
Los Angeles County is currently at a pace beyond the tough markers that require the outdoor restaurant’s dining area to be closed as early as this week. As of Saturday night, LA County averaged 3,907 daily cases over the past five days, about twice as many as just two weeks ago, according to a Times analysis.
On Saturday, the disturbing trend of daily cases exceeding 4,000 continued. According to an independent Times tabulation of coronavirus cases, 4,387 coronavirus cases were reported on Saturday. On Friday, 4,158 were reported. And on Thursday, 4,943 were aggregated. This is a record of the day.
If LA County has an average of 4,000 cases a day in five days, authorities say they will demand the closure of the dining area of an outdoor restaurant. This will allow restaurants to serve meals only on takeaway and delivery for the first time since May. Authorities said they plan to give notice three days in advance before such new health orders come into effect.
Authorities have also warned that if LA County filed an average of 4,500 proceedings a day in five days, it would impose a curfew in the spring.
Daily deaths are also beginning to increase in LA County. On Saturday, an average of 23 residents of Los Angeles County were reported dying from COVID-19 daily in the last seven days. That’s double the number in early November, when about 11 people died a day.
There are many reasons for the sudden surge in coronavirus cases in California, which began to surge in late October.
They include colder weather that encourages people to stay indoors. Increased travel from other more hit states. A gathering to see the Lakers and Dodgers winning the NBA Finals and World Series respectively. Halloween; election-related protests and celebrations. General increase in social gatherings. Increased occurrence in the workplace. A premature feeling that the danger of a pandemic has passed. There is even fatigue and resentment towards continuing COVID-19 safety measures, according to state and local health authorities.
Cumulatively, California has recorded 1.1 million cases of coronavirus and more than 18,700 deaths. Over 12 million cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed nationwide, and more than 255,000 have died in the United States.
Federal, state, and local governments are urging people to stay home for Thanksgiving and abandon their Thanksgiving travel plans to prevent the virus from spreading at celebrations. The virus can be transmitted by people who look completely healthy and never get sick.
A travel advisory issued by California in mid-November calls on residents to avoid unnecessary travel outside the state and requires those arriving from outside the state to be quarantined for 14 days. In other words, you should stay at home or other accommodation as much as possible. In the meantime, order food by delivery.
Barbara Ferrer, director of public health in LA County, urged college students on campus not to go home just for Thanksgiving holidays. She said that students who end up going home for more than a month should be isolated in as separate rooms as possible for 14 days. If they haven’t returned home yet, she advised them to be too late to attend the joint Thanksgiving celebration. It risks spreading the virus to the rest of family and friends.
Officials say it’s safest to celebrate Thanksgiving only with family members. For those who intend to invite others from outside the family to the rally, state health orders stipulate that such rally must be held outdoors in most parts of the state. Hosts and guests come from people from different households, up to 3 households. They were 6 feet away and asked everyone to wear a mask when not eating or drinking. In LA County, the limit for these meetings is 15 or less.
COVID-19 has already killed more than twice as many people in Los Angeles County as they died of the flu during the last cold and flu season. “This should be a tough demonstration of how dangerous COVID-19 is over influenza,” LA County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said Thursday.
Last week, Los Angeles County issued a recommendation to encourage people to stay home as much as possible for the next few weeks. On Friday, a new health order came into force, ordering unimportant businesses and restaurants with outdoor dining areas to close the doors of the general public from 10 pm to 6 am. However, takeaway and delivery services may continue during these night hours.
On Saturday, California’s new limited overnight home order came into effect in the most restrictive COVID-19-tier county, which covers 94% of California’s population. It aims to be far less disturbing than the state-wide curfew that came into effect in the spring, with reduced suppression, unmasked, and late-night drinking where the virus can easily spread. Designed to curb group gatherings.
This order prohibits all meetings by people from different households from 10 pm to 5 am, and all unnecessary activities outside the home with people from other households.
This order allows people to leave home overnight to go shopping for groceries, receive takeaway food, walk their dogs, and work in restaurants that provide takeaway and delivery food for important businesses. You can engage.
Experts say that restrictions on similar government orders for late-night activities in Europe helped curb the coronavirus outbreak in Europe.
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The surge in incidents was seen throughout the state. This is a regional analysis of selected counties in California’s most populous region as of Saturday night. A detailed analysis of all 58 counties in California can be found on the Times California Coronavirus Tracker website.
San Diego County: An average of over 1,000 cases of coronavirus are reported daily over the last seven days, almost four times the number one month ago. On Saturday, 1,478 cases of coronavirus were reported. This is the highest number ever recorded in a San Diego County pandemic in a single day.
Orange County: An average of about 650 cases of coronavirus have been reported daily in the last 7 days, about four times more than 6 weeks ago. On Friday, 1,169 cases were reported. This is the highest number of days since early July.
Riverside County: An average of over 600 cases of coronavirus are reported daily over the last seven days, about double the number one month ago.
San Bernardino County: Over the past seven days, an average of over 1,460 new cases of new coronavirus have been reported daily. This figure is six times worse than the rate about a month ago when San Bernardino County recorded an average of more than 235 coronavirus cases per day in seven days. On Saturday, 2,873 cases of coronavirus were recorded. This is the highest number of days ever recorded in a San Bernardino County pandemic.
Ventura County: An average of over 220 cases of coronavirus are reported daily over the last seven days, about four times more than a month ago. Over 400 new infections were reported on Friday.
San Francisco: An average of over 115 cases of coronavirus have been reported daily over the last seven days, quadrupling since mid-October. On Friday, 210 cases were reported. This is the third highest pandemic of the day so far and the worst since July.
Santa Clara County: An average of over 340 cases of coronavirus are reported daily over the last 7 days, three times the rate one month ago. Nearly 400 cases were reported on Friday. This is the fourth worst pandemic day total and the worst since August.
Alameda County: An average of over 230 cases of coronavirus are reported daily over the last 7 days, about three times as high as it was a month ago.
Contra Costa County: On average, nearly 200 cases of coronavirus are reported daily over the past 7 days, about three times the rate one month ago.
San Mateo County: An average of over 100 cases of coronavirus have been reported daily over the last 7 days, more than doubling since the beginning of November.
Sacramento County: An average of over 430 cases of coronavirus have been reported daily over the past seven days, more than triple the rate since the beginning of November.
Fresno County: An average of over 275 cases of coronavirus are reported daily over the last 7 days, more than double the rate two weeks ago.
Kern County: An average of over 260 cases of coronavirus have been reported daily in the last 7 days, more than four times more than six weeks ago.
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