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LA County COVID Hospitalizations Drop For Tenth Straight Day

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The number of COVID-19 patients in Los Angeles County hospitals dropped for the tenth straight day Thursday as the region continues to contend with the highly-contagious Delta variant.

According to the latest state numbers, there were 1,368 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in L.A. County Thursday, down from 1,385 the day before.

Dr. Delkhah Shahin talks to a 26-year-old unvaccinated COVID-19 patient from outside his bedroom at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center on Sept. 2, 2021. (Getty Images)

Of those, 404 were in intensive care units, down from 417 a day earlier.

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The L.A. County Public Health Department reported Thursday that hospitalizations have dropped by 288 in the past week.

L.A. County also reported 2,218 new coronavirus cases and 49 deaths Thursday.

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The rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 3.4% as of Thursday, up from 3.3% Wednesday.

According to L.A. County figures, roughly 56% of the county’s 10.3 million residents, including those who are ineligible because they are under 12 years old, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Also Thursday, the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education voted to require all eligible students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to come onto school campuses. LAUSD, the second largest school district in the nation, has over 600,000 students.

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