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LA County reports another 29 COVID-19 deaths, 725 new cases on Tuesday – Daily News

Another 29 COVID-19 deaths and 725 new infections were confirmed by Los Angeles County on Tuesday, Nov. 23, with the relatively low case number attributed to a drop-off in testing with schools across the area closed due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The 29 new deaths raised the county’s overall virus-related death toll to 27,046, while the new cases gave the county a cumulative pandemic total of 1,521,197.

Public health officials noted that as many as 100,000 tests a day are normally conducted at schools across the county, so campus holiday closures are resulting in a significant drop in testing numbers.

According to state figures, there were 551 COVID-19-positive patients in county hospitals as of Tuesday, down from 558 on Monday. Of those patients, 158 were in intensive care, up slightly from 156 on Monday.

The rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 1.1% as of Tuesday.

Health officials continued to lament disparities in vaccination rates among ethnic groups, with Black and Latino/a residents continuing to lag behind the rest of the population.

Among newly eligible children aged 5-11, only 4% of those in the Black community had received one dose of vaccine as of Nov. 14, and 3% of Latino children. That compares to 13% of white children in that age range and 14% of Asian children.

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