Coronavirus Update: Cases, Hospitalizations Declining

Though Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are declining in Los Angeles County, Culver City still recorded 265 cases of coronavirus and 14 deaths in the past two weeks, the County Department of Health has reported.

As of press time, the number of Culver City residents with Covid-19 now stands at 1866 with 67 deaths, representing a 26% increase in fatalities in the past two weeks, according to Public Health.

County-wide, Public Health identified 1,091,712 positive cases of Covid-19 and a total of 15,897 deaths. On Wednesday, the county reported 307 new deaths and 6,917 new cases of Covid-19, down from the peak of more than 15,000 cases on January 8.

There are 6,213 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 25% of these people are in the ICU. This is down from the peak of 8,065 hospitalizations on January 6, health officials said.

"It is really up to us whether we can sustain re-openings without jeopardizing each other's health and our ability to get more schools to re-open," said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. "The only way for this to occur is to keep doing what keeps the virus in check. Just because some sectors have re-opened doesn't mean that the risk for community transmission has gone away; it hasn't and each of us needs to make very careful choices about what we do."

Ferrer also had a message for those looking forward to the Super Bowl. "We know that Super Bowl Sunday is coming up – and we can't repeat the mistakes of the past," she said. "It will be tragic if the Super Bowl becomes the Super Spreader of coronavirus. Play it safe. Don't organize a party at home. Don't go to a super bowl party. We can't afford for cases to rise again because we let our guard down on a Sunday or any other day."

As of this week, 662,963 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered within Los Angeles County, health officials said. Of this amount, 544,049 are first doses and 118,914 are second doses. The week of January 18, the County received 168,575 doses, which is about 25,000 fewer doses than the previous week. And for this week, the County only received about 137,000 doses.

When new appointments become available, residents with internet access and a computer are urged to use to sign up. For those without access to a computer or the internet, or with disabilities, a call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help schedule appointments at (833) 540-0473.


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