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L.A. County recorded 1,107 new positive COVID-19 cases Friday, marking the first time it crossed 1,000 since March 11.

Last Friday, July 2, L.A. Public Health reported 549 positive cases, confirming that cases have doubled in a week’s time.

For comparison, L.A. County saw as few as 108 positive cases on June 1, the lowest single-day total since the start of the 2020 pandemic.

“Anyone not fully vaccinated should take all precautions – wear a mask in indoor public settings, move social activities outdoors as much as possible,” Public Health urged in its latest COVID-19 update. “Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently when outside your home.”

(Photo courtesy of L.A. Public Health)

The last time the county saw this many cases, it was still in the most restrictive purple tier of the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. However, the recorded deaths differ this time around, as the March 11 numbers saw 101 COVID-19 related deaths, while this Friday’s update saw five.

There has also been an increase in COVID-19 related hospitalizations with a total of 320 people currently hospitalized, compared to 280 last Friday, July 2. At its lowest, L.A. County saw 213 active hospitalizations on June 21—a number that has gradually increased over the past few weeks.

The daily positivity rate also increased from 1.5% to 2.4%, a measure that at one point during the pandemic needed to be below 2% in order for business restrictions to loosen.

 

LA Weekly