LA County Covid Surge Alarms Officials

Again warning of a "real and alarming'" surge in COVID-19 cases, Los Angeles County's public health director Barbara Ferrer said Monday LA County is vastly expanding its community outreach efforts to educate residents about slowing transmission of the virus, especially in hard-hit areas.

Los Angeles County reported 2,152 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 327,964 since the pandemic began.

The City of Santa Monica had 1148 cases, giving it a case rate of 1242 per 100,000 residents throughout the pandemic. There have been 44 deaths in Santa Monica, giving it a case rate of 44 per 100,000.

Given its density, the City of Santa Monica's statistics are better than many LA County towns.

In comparison, the City of Palmdale has a case rate of 3684 per 100,000, and 51 deaths per 100,000. The City of Pico Rivera has a case rate of 4583 per 100,000, and 123 deaths per 100,000. The City of San Fernando has a case rate of 5124 per 100,000, and 81 deaths per 100,000. Ferrer, who is not a doc-tor by a PhD in Social Work who somehow gets paid $500,000 per year to run the County's Health Dept, noted that some minority communities within the county are seeing disturbingly high case rates.

"Pacoima topped the list of most-impacted communities, with an adjusted rate over two weeks of 506 cases per 100,000 residents. That's more than double the countywide rate of 188 cases per 100,000 resi-dents over the last 2 weeks," Ferrer said.


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