LA County records 3,500 new COVID-19 infections over 3-day span – Daily News

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Los Angeles County recorded 3,502 more COVID-19 infections on Monday, Sept. 19, from a three-day span beginning Saturday, while also announcing 36 new virus-related deaths.

The county, which no longer releases COVID data on weekends, reported 1,705 new infections from Saturday, 1,072 from Sunday and 725 on Monday. Sunday and Monday figures tend to be low due to delays in reporting from the weekend.

The case numbers officially reported by the county are also believed to be low due to the popularity of at-home tests, the results of which are generally not relayed to the county.

The new cases gave the county an officially overall total of 3,441,113 from throughout the pandemic.

The 36 new deaths — 16 reported Saturday, 11 Sunday and nine Monday — lifted the county’s overall death toll to 33,483.

An update was not immediately available on the number of COVID-positive patients in county hospitals. As of Saturday, there were 674 virus-positive patients hospitalized in the county, with 89 of them being treated in intensive care.

County officials have said about 43% of patients with COVID were actually hospitalized due to virus-related illness, while the rest were admitted for other reasons, with some only learning they were infected when they were tested upon admission.

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