Los Angeles County reported more than 1,500 new cases of COVID-19 positive patients in its latest data, down 34 from the previous day.
There were 1,592 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 reported on Tuesday in Los Angeles County, according to the Department of Public Health. There were also 191 patients reported in intensive care, down 12 from the previous day.
Los Angeles County logged 27 more COVID-19 deaths over a three-day period ending Monday, along with more than 2,500 new cases.
County Department of Public Health figures reported 10 deaths each on Saturday and Sunday, along with seven on Monday. The county no longer releases COVID figures on weekends.
The new fatalities gave the county an overall death toll of 33,975 from the start of the pandemic to Monday.
Another 2,540 COVID infections were also reported over the three-day period — 1,171 from Saturday, 776 on Sunday and 593 Monday.
The daily number of new cases is believed to represent an undercount of actual COVID activity in the county, since many people now rely on at-home tests without reporting the results to the county.
As of Tuesday, there were 388 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals.
County officials have said that roughly 40% of COVID-positive hospital patients were admitted specifically for COVID-19, while the others were hospitalized for other reasons but tested positive upon admission.
The seven-day average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus in the county was 3.9% as of Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told reporters Thursday that the county has seen slight upticks over the past week in some virus-tracking metrics, most notably the weekly infection rate, after months of steady declines. She said the increases were not an immediate cause for concern, but officials plan to closely monitor the trends heading into cooler winter months, which have led to surges in cases the past two years.