LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County Public Well being Director Barbara Ferrer mentioned Wednesday there are actually 18 confirmed circumstances within the county of the COVID-19 variant first detected in the UK.
In accordance with Ferrer, officers from county well being and USC are investigating a college outbreak of 4 circumstances, two of which have been confirmed to be the UK variant, and the opposite two are suspected of being that variant.
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“The people are doing effectively and they’re in isolation,” county Public Well being Director Barbara Ferrer mentioned. “Shut contacts have been recognized, notified they usually’re quarantining.”
To this point, there are nonetheless no confirmed circumstances of a South African variant, however she says there does look like a big presence of a California variant.
Los Angeles County additionally reported an extra 136 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday and one other 2,157 newly confirmed circumstances.
The numbers introduced the county’s demise toll to twenty,987, together with the 806 fatalities that occurred since early December however have been simply now recognized as COVID deaths.
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Los Angeles County Public Well being Director Barbara Ferrer says one other 806 deaths that occurred from early December by way of early February however weren’t reported earlier to the county have now been recognized as COVID-19 fatalities, by way of a evaluation of demise certificates.
“The vast majority of these deaths occurred throughout the surge between Dec. 3, 2020, and Feb. 3, 2021,” Ferrer mentioned. “This was a interval as you all know when very many deaths occurred throughout the county and never all of them have been reported to Public Well being due to the amount of data.
In the meantime, the California Division of Public Well being gave the inexperienced gentle Wednesday for highschool sports activities to renew in each Los Angeles and Orange counties.
With the adjusted day by day case fee of coronavirus falling behind the required thresholds in each counties, highschool sports activities that have been banned throughout the pandemic – like soccer and basketball – can now resume below new pointers.
Sports activities like soccer, basketball, rugby, and water polo gamers shall be required to take weekly COVID-19 assessments, with outcomes made accessible inside 24 hours of competitors. These sports activities got extra stringent pointers as a result of they’re extra prone to be performed unmasked and with shut, face-to-face contact for greater than quarter-hour.
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