Public health officials detected one new COVID-19 infection in Pasadena on Tuesday.
With no additional fatalities reported in five days, the city’s pandemic totals stood at 1,198 confirmed infections and 340 deaths, according to Pasadena Public Health Department data.
Over the prior week, Pasadena saw an average of 2.3 new infections each day. This week’s average positivity rates were recorded at levels not seen in the city since March of 2020.
City spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said health officials continued holding both large and small scale vaccination clinics and encouraged all residents over 16 years old to sign up through the state vaccination website at myturn.ca.gov.
As of Tuesday, 83,800 Pasadenans, or 71.1% of the population over 16 years old, had received at least one dose of vaccine, according to city data. More than 54,700 city residents, or 46.4% of the population over 16 years old, had been fully vaccinated.
Huntington Hospital, however, reported an uptick in admitted COVID-19 patients this week, with 17 patients in total and one of them being treated in an intensive care unit. As of last week, the hospital saw 11 COVID-19 patients, and none were in the ICU.
At the regional level, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 360 new COVID-19 infections and 33 deaths on Tuesday, raising the overall totals to 1,229,641 infections and 23,668 fatalities.
L.A. County Makes Progress with State Metric Thresholds – 33 New Deaths and 360 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County
While the county’s test positivity rate had declined to 1.2%, which is below the state’s 2% benchmark to move into the least-restrictive ‘yellow’ tier under reopening guidelines, the county’s adjusted case rate per 100,000 residents stood at 2.7, which was above the state threshold of 2, the agency said in a written statement.
Officials said 465 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized county-wide on Tuesday, with 21% of them being treated in ICUs.
L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said the statistics “provide evidence that we are on the right course.”
“In order for continued decline in transmission of COVID-19, we will need to remain vigilant and continue to take precautions in the weeks ahead allowing us time to vaccinate more people,” she said.
The California Department of Public Health announced 1,606 new infections and 32 new deaths on Tuesday. The reported state death toll was smaller than that reported by Los Angeles County alone for the same day. The reason was not clear.
State health officials listed a total of 3,620,301 COVID-19 cases and 59,804 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.
The statewide positivity rate over the prior week declined to 1.3%, according to the CDPH.
As of Friday, L.A. County accounted for 34% of California’s total COVID-19 infections and 40% of the state’s documented deaths.