LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The highly contagious Delta variant has sent COVID-19 infections to rise again in Los Angeles County.
Public health officials on Thursday reported 839 new COVID-19 cases, a 165% increase from last week. Test positivity has doubled to 2.5% and the number of new daily cases is now 3.47 per. 1
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Across the state, cases are also open. California’s 7-day positivity rate has risen steadily since mid-June and now stands at 2.1%. The California Department of Public Health also reported 1,416 recently confirmed cases Wednesday.
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The recent rise in cases has been driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, which public health officials say has become the state’s most identified strain of coronavirus. While there have been some breakthrough infections in people who have been vaccinated, most of the new infections have been among the non-vaccinated population.
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California has fully vaccinated 50% of the population, but public health officials are concerned that the Delta variant will continue to run wild through pockets of unvaccinated communities and mutate even further. In Los Angeles County, 60,000 doses are distributed weekly, far down from the winter / spring peak of approx. 500,000 a week. At the current pace of vaccinations, Los Angeles County will not meet its goal of having 80% of the eligible population aged 16 and older vaccinated with at least one dose until at least October.