The most populous county in the US has had two consecutive days without any deaths.
Finally, a positive milestone for one of the worst-hit counties in the country as L.A. County reports zero deaths single-day for two consecutive days ( Sunday and Monday) since March 2020, according to the L.A. Public Health data dashboard. While there tend to be delays in reporting over weekends, the numbers have been moving in a healthy direction for the last few weeks.
“Unfortunately, it is an artifact of the lag of reporting over the weekend,” said L.A. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “Sundays and Mondays are always our lowest days in deaths… but as I have been reporting steadily for the last couple of weeks… we’re down to an average of four or five deaths per day. That’s a huge, huge decrease and I know it brings a lot of hope and joy.”
COVID-19 Daily Update:
May 3, 2021
New Cases: 255 (1,233,985 to date)
New Deaths: 0 (23,914 to date)
Current Hospitalizations: 390 pic.twitter.com/g8xVPOKItq
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) May 3, 2021
This comes after the county has ramped up vaccination efforts, administering over 8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines — 4,988,031 were first doses and 3,045,115 were second doses — as of Friday. Both Los Angeles city and county-run sites no longer require appointments for anyone over the age of 16 through this week, which is likely to bring the numbers down even more.
LA County has administered over 8 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccines. It’s your turn now! No appointments needed for 16+ at all county-run sites through this week. pic.twitter.com/9YBFSeV4GO
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) May 4, 2021
This good news also means that L.A. County qualifies to move into the Yellow Tier from May 5, as it will have met the threshold to qualify. This tier will allow capacity to increase across industries and allow bars to open indoors and restrictions are expected to be announced on Wednesday and go into effect on Thursday this week.
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