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L.A. County COVID-19 surge continues

Los Angeles County is experiencing a continued surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. If the trend continues it could trigger an indoor mask mandate, health officials have warned. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Los Angeles County is experiencing a continued surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. If the trend continues it could trigger an indoor mask mandate, health officials have warned. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Los Angeles County continues to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Last week, Los Angeles County's community designation rose to medium from low due to a spike in cases, leading officials to warn that an indoor mask mandate could be adopted if the county trend continues.

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The county's public health agency is reporting a daily case average of 3,721 a day for the seven-day period ending Monday. The figures from the previous week showed an average of 2,128 cases per day.

L.A. County reported 1,211 COVID-19 hospitalizations for the week ending Saturday.

As of Saturday the number of hospital beds being used by COVID-19 patients rose to 6.4% from 4.8% the previous week.

The data mean there are now 12.1 COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people. A figure of 10 or more hospitalizations per 100,000 people is one of two benchmarks that could trigger an indoor mask mandate, officials said.

If the hospital bed figure reaches 10% it will likely set a new mask mandate into motion, they said.

Additionally, L.A. County reported 76 COVID-19 deaths for the week ending Monday, up from 53 deaths during the previous week.

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During a press conference last Thursday, Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer warned that "while there is still uncertainty about what the impact of COVID-19 will be this winter, there is mounting evidence that we are entering another COVID-19 surge."

Separately, officials announced Friday, that the community designation for Orange County, Calif., had changed from low to medium.

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