Los Angeles County reported 4,592 new Covid-19 cases today, the largest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic, according to county health data.
There have been 7,350 new cases in the county in the last 48 hours, county data showed. The number of new cases today surpasses the previous highest record of 4,244 new cases reported on July 14.
Los Angeles had added 59 additional deaths today, bringing the county’s cumulative deaths to 3,988.
Hospitalizations are also up among younger people between the ages of 18 and 40. They comprise of 20% of 2,173 confirmed patients with Covid-19 currently hospitalized, according to the data.
“This week we’ve hit concerning milestones," Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said in a news release. "We have reported the most cases in a single day, the most hospitalizations and tragically high death numbers."
In a matter of weeks, the nearly 4,600 positive cases Los Angeles County reported today could lead to over 18,000 infected people in a few weeks, Ferrer added.
"Without aggressive action on the part of every person, we will not get back to slowing the spread," Ferrer said.
To notes: These figures were released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and may not line up exactly with CNN’s data from Johns Hopkins University.