Los Angeles has the lowest number of patients hospitalized from coronavirus since the outbreak started, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a news conference on Wednesday.
There are currently 804 patients hospitalized with coronavirus in the county, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Garcetti said this number has been cut by nearly half in the past five weeks.
“Your actions have saved the lives of thousands of your family members and neighbors,” Garcetti said. “That’s something to be proud of for the rest of your life.”
Five of six critical indicators tracked by the county are headed in the right direction, according to the mayor. “Our hospital inventory remains stable and lower than we’ve seen,” he said.
The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases has fallen below 1,000 for the first time since May 21, Garcetti said. Los Angeles County estimates the rate of coronavirus transmission, or R0, is now .95, indicating a reduced spread of the virus.
While the case rate and positivity rate continue to improve in Los Angeles, the county still remains in the first of the state’s four-tier, color-coded reopening system.
Garcetti also urged residents to get a flu shot, warning, “this could be the worst phase of this pandemic just in the next couple months.”
“We need to make sure everyone is vaccinated to avoid the double hit of both Covid and the flu at the same time,” Garcetti said.