The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 3,734 new confirmed cases and 16 new related deaths in a daily release, bringing the cumulative caseload to 1,311,656 and deaths to 24,720 since the pandemic began in the county, APA reports citing Xinhua.
There are 1,242 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized in Los Angeles County, 22 percent of whom are in the ICU, said the department. Official data showed that on July 5, only 284 people were hospitalized in the county.
Public health officials noted that cases among healthcare workers have started to increase recently. After months of reporting fewer than 50 new cases among healthcare workers per week, 295 new cases of healthcare workers were reported in the week ending July 17 and 275 new cases in the week ending July 24. Since the pandemic began, 42,296 healthcare workers and first responders have tested positive for COVID-19.
"Healthcare workers, in particular, should be fully vaccinated to ensure that those needing care, have reduced chances of an exposure," Barbara Ferrer, the country's director of public health, announced in the daily release.
Ferrer noted the vaccines continue to be our most powerful tool against COVID-19 as unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people are nearly four times more likely to get infected than fully vaccinated individuals.