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Pasadena COVID-19 Infections Jump, Climbing By 55 New Cases on Friday Alone

Cases in L.A. County exceed 3,600 on Friday

Published on Saturday, July 31, 2021 | 6:45 am

Pasadena saw its highest single-day count of new COVID-19 cases since late-January on Friday at 55.

The last time more cases were reported on a single day in the city was Jan. 31, when 56 infections were detected, according to Pasadena Public Health Department data.

In total, city officials had recorded 11,877 COVID-cases and 352 fatalities, with the last death in Pasadena reported on Monday.

Pasadena’s average number of infections over the prior week reached 32.4, according to PPHD records.

Officials at Huntington Hospital reported treating 16 COVID-19 patients on Friday, with three of them being housed in intensive care units. The figures were unchanged from Thursday.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 3,606 new infections and five fatalities on Friday, raising the county’s pandemic totals to 1,297,032 COVID-19 cases and 24,676 deaths.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus had increased to 991, with 20% of them being treated in ICUs, the agency said in a written statement. State records indicated the number has exceeded 1,100 total hospitalized patients in L.A. County.

 The daily positivity rate was measured at 6.3%.

Increasing transmission only makes the need for vaccinations more vital, L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said.

“Given the high rate of community transmission in our county, our vaccination efforts remain critically important to reducing the impact of rising infection on our residents, including people experiencing homelessness who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19,” she said.

“If you already had COVID-19 and recovered, you should still get vaccinated. There are severe health risks associated with COVID and reinfection is possible, particularly from variants of the virus,” Ferrer added.

“And if you haven’t received your second shot of a two-dose vaccine, you aren’t getting maximum protection against COVID-19,” she said. “All of the emerging data on the Delta variant indicates that the vaccines do not provide significant protection unless you have received both doses, so please go get your second dose this weekend.”

The California Department of Public Health announced 10,356 new infections and 44 deaths on Friday, bringing the state’s totals to 3,840,364 cases of the virus and 63,935 fatalities.

The statewide average weekly positivity rate climbed to 6.4%, according to CDPH data.

As of Friday, L.A. County represented 34% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 39% of the state’s deaths.

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