COVID Los Angeles: 15-month-old child among 91 recently reported viral deaths in LA County; youngest since the pandemic began

LOS ANGELES COUNTY (KABC) – On the second anniversary of Los Angeles County’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, health officials say 91 more people have died from the virus, including a 15-month-old.

The county says this is the youngest person to have died from the virus since the onset of the pandemic, calling it “a sharp reminder” that the virus could affect anyone.

“I send my deepest condolences and wishes for healing to the family who suffered the devastating loss of their young child, and to the countless people who have lost a loved one due to this pandemic,” said Director of Public Health, Dr. Barbara Ferrer. statement issued Wednesday. “Prioritizing and ensuring the safety of schools during an increase is only possible if all those in the school undertake to fully comply with public health measures; this can not be achieved by the staff alone.”

In an effort to protect school-age children, public health and LA County schools have implemented various safety measures that result in fewer COVID cases among students and staff.

The county says in the week ending Jan. 23, schools conducted 555,879 COVID tests and confirmed 40,694 positive cases. The positivity rate was 7.8%.

That’s a 33% drop from the week before, according to the county, where the positivity rate was 11%.

The county said most of the tests – about 70% of them – are conducted by the Los Angeles Unified School District alone.
Despite a drop in cases, health officials say the number of COVID outbreaks in schools has increased, mainly due to the highly contagious omicron variant.

The county says between 16-22. January that there were 11 new reports that the schools’ COVID outbreak had opened – nine in primary schools, one in a high school and one in youth sports.

“These numbers remain relatively low given the high number of new cases and suggest that schools continue to implement public health measures that reduce proliferation,” the county said.

The waiting time for test results in Los Angeles can be up to a week, but Mayor Eric Garcetti assured people that there will soon be more access to rapid antigen tests and treatment times for PCR tests will be better.

“We’ve had two or three encouraging days … test times will be better,” Garcetti said.

Meanwhile, there have been more than 6,000 deaths and more than half a million positive cases in Orange County.

“Even though omicron causes milder disease, we still see serious illness, and you still see death, and we do not know the long-term consequence of an asymptomatic disease or a mild illness,” said Orange County Deputy Chief of Health Dr. Regina Chinsio -Kwong.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the county says there are 4,534 people hospitalized with COVID. For more information on cases across LA County, visit the county’s COVID Web site.

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