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L.A. and Ventura County COVID Numbers Drop Significantly

COVID-19 infections are decreasing significantly as case numbers drop daily in Los Angeles and Ventura counties following a surge that produced record-breaking numbers last month.

L.A. County clocked in a seven-day average of 15,477 COVID cases per day as of Thursday, a 72.5 percent decrease from the surge’s peak. Meanwhile, Ventura County has experienced a 57.3 percent decrease in its seven-day average of cases.

Death counts are still on the rise despite the lowering number of cases, as L.A. County reported 528 deaths from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3. Deaths caused by the recent surge are significantly less than what the county experienced during 2021’s winter surge, when vaccines were not as widely available.

This year’s Omicron surge, which peaked in mid-January, caused strain on local hospital systems and at its worst point, registered a seven-day average of 41,682 cases per day in L.A. County.

In previous reporting by the Business Journal, local health care leaders said Omicron’s heightened transmissibility was causing significant staff shortages that were accompanied by increased ICU occupancies.

Antonio Pequeño IV
Antonio Pequeño IV
Antonio “Tony” Pequeño IV is a reporter covering health care, finance and law for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. He specializes in reporting on some of the biggest names in the Valley’s biotechnology sector. In addition to his work with the Business Journal, Tony has reported with BuzzFeed News on the unsupervised use of Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition technology. Tony, who also conducts freelance reporting, graduated from the USC’s Master of Science in Journalism program in 2021. He is in his fifth year as a journalist as of 2021.
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