LA County sees major progress in high-risk groups that were among first to be offered COVID-19 vaccinations

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LA County sees major progress in high-risk groups that were among the first to be offered COVID-19 vaccinations.

The county's reporting 50 or fewer Covid cases a week among healthcare workers and first responders.

That's down from a peak of more than 1,900 cases a week during the winter surge.

And Covid-related deaths have dropped from a high of 24 a week to just six in the past month.

"We're really glad to see that these numbers are decreasing although even one death from COVID-19 is one too many," says LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

She also points out that hospitalizations among people 80 and older have plummeted.

A review of Covid-related hospitalizations for people of all ages between August and January indicates most had at least one underlying health condition, the most common one was cardiovascular disease.