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LA County reports 1,300 more COVID-19 infections

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Los Angeles County reported more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Nov. 3, along with seven new virus-related deaths.

The 1,332 new cases lifted the county’s overall total from throughout the pandemic to 3,491,716.

The number of cases released by the county each day is an undercount of actual COVID-19 activity because of the widespread use of at-home tests, the results of which are generally not reported to the county.

With seven new fatalities, the county’s cumulative number of virus-related deaths rose to 33,992.

There were 419 COVID-19-positive patients in county hospitals as of Thursday, down from 427 on Wednesday, according to state figures. Of those patients, 50 were being treated in intensive care units, up from 48 a day earlier.

The number of COVID-19-positive patients has bounced up and down in recent weeks, with health officials closely watching the figures as they hope to avoid another winter surge of virus infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

County officials have said that about 40% of COVID-19-positive patients were actually admitted to hospitals because of virus-related illness, while the others were admitted for other reasons and, in many cases, they only learned they were infected when they were tested at the hospital.

The seven-day average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 4.8% as of Thursday.

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