The Los Angeles County Department of Health has listed 10 new Covid deaths along with 1,153 new cases. The new numbers now bring the county’s totals to 1,502,676 cases and fatalities reaching 26,750 since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

According to Spectrum News, the number of admitted Covid patients in Los Angeles County hospitals decreased for the second consecutive day since Sunday. The latest figures show a slight decline of 655 patients from 660.

LA health officials said that out of the number of reported Covid deaths - vaccinated or unvaccinated - the majority of fatalities, numbering about 90%, had underlying illnesses. The most common comorbidity among Covid patients is hypertension, which often leads to severe Covid symptoms and death.

From 5.9 million county residents fully vaccinated, 68,780 have tested positive with 2,314 needing hospitalization. At the same time, the county has recorded 379 fatalities among people who have been vaccinated, which accounts for a 0.0006% rate.

LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer has assured LA locals of good access to vaccine safety information as well as ease of access to vaccines. “We are reassured that 900,000 children ages 5-11 can get vaccinated before the winter holiday, allowing many families to have more peace of mind as they make plans to gather with others to enjoy festivities."

As Covid test results come in, a daily positive test result rate of 1.2% has been observed, as health officials keep a close watch on a potential “fifth wave” of Covid in Los Angeles. “I think it’s too soon to say whether we’re in a fifth wave or not. We’re hoping at best it’s a small bump up and nothing near like last winter,” Ferrer said.

As cooler weather blows in along with holiday celebrations, favorable conditions for Covid transmission also sets in as people gather inside close confined spaces to stay warm. 

Nearly every indoor public space in Los Angeles will start requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to gain entry, although full enforcement of the mandate will begin on Nov. 29. These establishments will include gyms, bars, indoor restaurants, shopping centers, large outdoor events, concert venues, movie theaters as well as other city buildings.

Residents 12 years old and above have to abide by the city’s SafePassLA ordinance. Issued vaccination verification cards from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will serve as proof of vaccination, or a photocopy or photo image of one’s vaccination card as well as a personal digital Covid vaccination record given by the State of California.

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