COVID-19 hospitalizations nearly double in L.A. County

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Stock photo: Doctor giving support to a patient at a hospital. As of Aug. 9, 2021 there are 1,437 people in L.A. County hospitalized with COVID-19. Health officials say the number has nearly doubled in two weeks as the Delta variant continues to spread.

In the two weeks leading up to Aug. 9, Los Angeles County saw nearly double the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the Department of Public Health.

New numbers released Monday confirmed that 1,437 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in L.A. County -- an increase of 692 people since the previous update on July 26.

On Tuesday, the Department of Public Health confirmed more than 2,622 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional 22 deaths.

Health experts have said the majority of increases are among people who are unvaccinated. Data revealed that of the 3,158 people hospitalized in L.A. County from May 1 to July 17, 92 percent were not fully vaccinated.

"We send our deepest condolences to everyone across our county mourning a family member or friend who has passed away due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county's public health director, in a statement.

"...with the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, we are hopeful that more people will get vaccinated during this time of very high transmission.

To date, the department said there have been 1,329,262 positive COVID-19 cases and 24,783 deaths in L.A. County. Numbers released by the health department include cases reported by the Long Beach and Pasadena health departments.

“Everyone eligible for vaccination is urged to get vaccinated, especially if you have any chronic health conditions,” Ferrer said. “Please talk with your healthcare provider if you have concerns about getting vaccinated.”

So far health officials have administered 11.2 million vaccine doses in L.A. County. Just over 5 million of those were second doses.

Vaccination information

Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinations are free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

To find a vaccination site near you, or make an appointment at vaccination sites, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish).