LA officials push vaccines as daily stats continue to reveal improving scenario

Spread of the coronavirus continues to decrease in Los Angeles County, and health officials keep urging folks to get vaccinated to maintain that progress.

L.A. County public health officials reported 439 new cases and 36 new deaths from COVID-19 Thursday, April 22, bringing the region’s total number of deaths to 23,736 and total cases to 1,230,362. There are 451 people currently hospitalized with the virus, 109 of whom are in intensive care, according to a state dashboard that reports a day ahead of the county.

“Although transmission has been slowed in Los Angeles County, people are still dying every day from COVID-19,” public health director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday. “The more people vaccinated, the less deaths we will suffer.”

Those who aren’t vaccinated have a 1 in 500 chance of dying from the virus, Ferrer added, and those who are have a less than 1 in 1 million chance of dying from it. The county health director also encouraged people who have gotten and recovered from the illness to get vaccinated so they have ” more complete, longer lasting protection.”

Of Thursday’s reported deaths, 16 people that passed away were over the age of 80, 10 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, and 10 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64.

Among cities with independent health departments: Pasadena reported just one new case, lifting its total to 11,204; the city’s death toll remained at 340. Long Beach reported another 35 coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 52,749 since the beginning of the pandemic. Long Beach’s death toll remained 928.

Vaccination rates have been ramping up each week, officials said early this week, with more than 6 million doses administered in L.A. County, 2.2 million of which are second doses.

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