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LA County’s COVID infections less severe, but still widespread, Ferrer says – Daily News

As COVID-19 infection rates fall and hospitalizations decline, some Los Angeles County residents may wonder if they’ll soon be able to shed face masks indoors and in other settings, but the public health director said on Thursday, Oct. 21, that virus transmission remains substantial, and loosening restrictions too early could prompt another dangerous winter case surge.

County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the latest numbers show the county has seen a roughly 18% drop in the number of average daily new COVID cases and a 14% drop in hospitalizations over the past week. Average daily deaths have finally fallen below 10, reaching about eight per day.

In the early days of the pandemic, between 15% and 30% of people who contracted COVID-19 wound up hospitalized, but that rate is now about 5-6%, reflecting the impact of vaccines, improved outpatient care and more widely available testing, Ferrer said. She said most of the COVID infections now occurring are “relatively mild or moderate, especially for people who are fully vaccinated.”

“With these numbers trending downward, I know there are people expressing concern with the continued required masking or recommended additional layers of prevention in public places and places of employment,” Ferrer said during an online briefing. ” … There are a couple of reasons why we’re continuing safety requirements in what we consider to be higher-risk settings.

“Transmission is still substantial across the county and most of the country, and this means that it’s fairly easy for the virus to spread,” she said. “The spread happens primarily among the unvaccinated people but also, as we’ve been reporting for months now, to a lesser degree among vaccinated people, especially in those crowded places and in poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

“The second reason is we need to do everything possible to prevent a devastating winter surge. We’ve seen a pattern where COVID numbers increase with cooling weather and more activities moving indoors. Layering protections is a sensible approach, and we focused on layering with safety measures that don’t really create significant disruptions to customary operations. After vaccinations, masking offers us the next best tool for reducing spread.”

The county continues to mandate mask-wearing in indoor public settings, except when people are actively eating or drinking. Masks are also required at large outdoor events, such as Dodger games or football games.

Ferrer said the restrictions will not be around forever, and if transmission continues declining, the rules can be relaxed.

“We’ve always indicated that these are not forever restrictions,” she said.

But she said “getting more people vaccinated is the fasted way to reducing transmission.”

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