Breakthrough Infection Rate Remains Steady

In ten days LA County had 12,236 new Covid cases and 153 deaths

By Alyssa Erdley


11/17/22 - On Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health allowed the public one of its sporadic looks at the data regarding Covid-19 infections and deaths among the fully vaccinated. This extremely relevant data is not on the health department's otherwise transparent and extensive Covid data dashboard. The last time such data was released was 10 days ago.

As of November 15, 2021, the statistics from the LA County Department of Public Health show:

Total population of LA County: 10,014,009

Total number fully vaccinated: 6,419,840

Total Covid infections: 1,512,147

Fully vaccinated Covid infections: 72,163

Total Covid deaths: 26,872

Fully vaccinated Covid deaths: 396

The latest numbers show a marked decrease in the percent of new cases among the fully vaccinated. During the past ten days 27.6% of the new Covid cases were among the vaccinated. During the previous ten-day period, 38% of new cases were among the vaccinated. It is unlikely the decrease is due to booster shots, which have not been given widely enough or recently enough to have taken any perceptible effect. Should the county release new numbers in another ten days, it may become more apparent as to whether this is a trend that will continue or whether the present decrease in the percent of infections among the vaccinated is instead a random blip. The average percent of total infections occurring among the vaccinated is 33.7%

The rates of vaccinated people catching Covid-19 remained steady between the two ten-day periods, at 1.1%. The rate of death, once infected, for a vaccinated individual also remained steady at 0.55%. These two rates had been rising slightly prior to the most recent statistics revealed.

The rate of death during the latest 10-day period for unvaccinated individuals, once infected, was 1.54%.

For perspective, the case death rate for the seasonal flu is regarded at 0.1%.

Out of a total of 153 Covid deaths during this ten-day period, 136 deaths were among the unvaccinated and 17 were among the vaccinated. During this period there were 12,236 new Covid cases.


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