Los Angeles County public health officials reported no new deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday.
Although officials warned the figure was likely an undercount, as there are delays in reporting on weekends, it still marked a bright spot, capping several months of progress in the fight against the coronavirus .
The county has also reported 313 new cases of the virus. There were 390 COVID-19 patients in county hospitals on Saturday, a drop of about 16% from two weeks earlier.
LA County has recorded more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 23,915 residents have died of COVID-19-related causes, according to the Times independent tally.
Meanwhile, 46.8% of people in LA County have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 31.5% are fully immunized. Experts attributed California’s relative lack of reluctance to vaccinate on helping to delay a new wave of infections, as has been seen in some other states.
Public health officials said on Saturday that infections in LA County remained at their lowest level since the start of the pandemic. The average daily rate of positive cases among those tested was 0.7% over the past week, according to county data, and only 0.6% of tests taken on Saturday came back positive.
The sustained declines come as LA County looks poised to move to the most lenient level – or the yellow level of the state’s COVID-19 reopening system, which will allow most businesses to operate in the state. interior, with modifications. To qualify for larger reopenings, the county must have an adjusted daily rate of new cases of less than 2 per 100,000 population.
According to state data released last week, the rate of new coronavirus cases in the county – adjusted for the number of tests performed – had fallen to 1.9 per day per 100,000 residents. Officials are expected to announce on Tuesday whether the county has been able to hold or drop below that rate for a second week, as required to move forward with broader easing of the rules.