Los Angeles County officials discussed the latest data on the impact of a coronavirus surge Wednesday, as sharp increases were reported in the number of confirmed cases and in people hospitalized who suffer from the virus. (July 15)
BARBARA FERRER: You can see that in the last few weeks, hospitalizations have increased significantly and we are on an upward trajectory. The shift from declining rates to increasing rates happened very rapidly. And we now see a three-day average of over 2,000 people hospitalized on a given day, which is more people hospitalized each day for COVID-19 than at any other point during the pandemic.
This slide mirrors what we're seeing and reporting on in terms of our daily hospitalization rate. Those who are being-- who are hospitalized and need intensive care, that's also at a higher rate than we've seen before. At the beginning of June, the seven-day average of new cases was 1,452. And now we are averaging 2,859 new cases a day. This is double where we were at the beginning of June, and it's higher than it has been at any point in the pandemic.
The seven-day average paints a clear picture of what's happening these last few weeks, which really is that we continue to see a sharp increase in what we call community transmission-- our rate of having each of us who's infected infect other people and the number of people that are infected that are unfortunately out and about in the community, capable of infecting others.