Experts say the recent surge in COVID-19 cases is beginning to ebb in large cities in the East Coast and Midwest. Still, Los Angeles County is seeing deaths soar. 102 new deaths were reported Thursday, the highest number reported in a single day since March of 2021.
A majority of these deaths were in people 50 years old or older, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Over 90% of these deaths are said to have been contracted after Christmas Eve. The department says this suggests they were the new omicron variant.
“We’re still seeing a mortality rate of about 1.4%. It’s just the sheer number of people who are infected is extremely high so 1.4% of a very, very large number gives you a higher number of absolute deaths,” executive vice president of hospital operations at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Dr. Jeffrey Smith tells ABC News.
Smith says almost all of the people in the ICU are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.
- There have been more than 70.5 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
- The U.S. death toll has surpassed 866,252 people, according to Johns Hopkins.
- As the demand for COVID-19 testing increases, more fake and unauthorized at-home tests and testing sites are popping up across the country.
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