The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus continued spreading in Pasadena and throughout the region Wednesday, with 29 new infections reported in the city, authorities said.
The city has reported 192 new cases over the past 7 days.
No fatalities were documented and the city’s pandemic totals stood at 11,785 confirmed infections and 352 deaths.
The average number of daily infections reached 27.4, according to Pasadena Public Health Department data. The average was recorded at 7 one month prior and 1.4 two months prior.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 2,454 new COVID-19 infections, along with 15 deaths, raising the county totals to 1,290,226 cases of the virus and 24,658 fatalities.
Just under 900 patients were being treated for COVID-19 at county hospitals, with 22% of them housed in intensive care units, according to the county agency.
At 6.05%, “This is the first time since early February that the daily test positivity rate surpassed 6%,” county health officials said in a written statement.
L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer urged employees and employers alike to be cautious at work.
“With the highest case rates occurring among people ages 18 to 49 years old, who comprise much of our workforce, workplaces can easily contribute to the spread of the virus,” she said. “Unvaccinated employees interacting with other workers or the public, are at elevated risk for COVID infection that can then spread easily from worksite to family members and to community residents.”
At the state level, the California Department of Public Health announced 6,489 new infections and 38 deaths on Wednesday, raising the state’s totals to 3,822,551 COVID-19 cases and 38 fatalities.
The statewide average positivity rate over the prior week continued a steady climbing, reaching 5.9%, according to CDPH data.
As of Wednesday, L.A. County represented 34% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 39% of the state’s deaths.