TARZANA (CBSLA) — Coronavirus cases and rates continued to climb in Los Angeles County this weekend.
On Sunday, the county reported 1,113 new COVID-19 cases and four new deaths. This followed increased numbers from Saturday where public health officials reported close to 1,200 new cases, and 8 more deaths. Authorities also said hospitalizations were on the rise.
The transmission of COVID-19 is increasing among younger, unvaccinated people. Authorities say 83% of the new cases are among those under 50 years old.
Health officials say the highly contagious Delta variant is responsible for the fast spread of the disease.
Doctors believe older people haven’t been getting sick because they were the first to get inoculated against the virus, but that there’s still a lot of vaccine hesitancy.
“The vast majority of patients that are becoming hospitalized or becoming sick are not vaccinated,” Dr. Thomas Yadegar, medical director at ICU Providence Cedars Sinai Medical Center, told CBSLA. “If you look at patients that are dying, those are patients that were not vaccinated. By vaccinating, you’re protecting yourself against the severe form of COVID. Yes, you still contract the virus, but you won’t nearly get as sick. You won’t need to be hospitalized. You won’t need to die unnecessarily.”
Officials at all levels continue to point out that vaccines have been effective. In fact, in LA County, fully vaccinated people have tested positive for COVID-19 less than 1% of the time.