Confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbed by 65 in the Antelope Valley on Thursday to reach 3,359, according to county public health officials.
This reflects the countywide escalation in the number of new cases reported in recent weeks which led officials to reinstate some restrictions in the hopes of gaining some measure of control over the renewed surge.
The daily numbers themselves, though may be reason to hope for a turn around, as they are very slightly less than the day prior.
Los Angeles County reported 1,777 new cases on Thursday, bringing the countywide total to 124,738 cases. This is somewhat less than Wednesday’s report of 2,496.
In the Valley, Lancaster’s number of cases increased Thursday by 29 cases, to 1,364, while Palmdale climbed 27 to 1,555.
Among the unincorporated areas with the largest numbers of COVID-19 cases, Quartz Hill increase by one to 80, Lake Los Angeles by three to 77, Sun Village’s tally grew by one to 63, Littlerock/Pearblossom by one to 38, Acton by two to 33 and White Fence Farms by one to 23.
The number of deaths in the Antelope Valley attributed to COVID-19 remained the same Thursday at 59.
Countywide, however, officials reported 50 additional deaths attributed to the virus, bringing the total to 3,689. The number of new deaths remains higher than the seven-day average of 24, officials said.
As has been constant for months, 93% of those who have died have underlying health conditions.
For the 50 people included in Thursday’s report, 24 were older than 65 and 15 of these people had underlying health conditions.
Another 25 were between the ages of 41 and 65, and 18 people in this group had underlying health conditions, according to county officials.
A key measurement in determining the severity of the disease, the number of people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals continues to slowly increase.
As of Thursday, 2,037 people were hospitalized with the virus, up from 2,004 reported on Wednesday.
Of these hospitalized patients, 26% are being treated in intensive care and 17% are using ventilators, officials said.
Four weeks ago, the number of people hospitalized with the virus on a daily basis numbered between 1,350 and 1,450.