COVID-19 cases are continuing to surge on almost every level this week, with cases in our area and others showing no signs of slowing down over the July 4 holiday weekend.
In our local neighborhoods, COVID-19 numbers are definitely way up, with not only cases, but rates of infection, increasing.
For example, as shown in the graphs above*, there were 91 cases diagnosed in Hancock Park as of June 11, 47 in Miracle Mile, and 655 in the Melrose district (which, as the County calculates the boundaries, is a huge area between Melrose Ave. and Santa Monica Monica Blvd., and stretching east/west from La Cienega Blvd. to Normandie Ave.).
Sixteen days later, on June 27, those numbers were up to 114, 60 and 812, respectively…increases of 23 cases in Hancock Park, 13 in Miracle Mile and 157 in Melrose over the roughly two-week period we tracked. Between June 27 and July 6, however, a period of just 9 days, the increases were 27, 19 and 158 cases in those neighborhoods…all larger numbers over a much shorter time period.
On the other hand, however, on June 27 we reported the fairly good news that, according to an informal count by Buzz contributor Dan Kegel, the number of people wearing masks in our Larchmont Village business district (on the Boulevard between First Street and Beverly Blvd.) came in at 77% and 86% on two weekday afternoons that week. Since then, Kegel has done a few more counts and come up with similar numbers, which are heartening:
|Date||# Wearing Masks||# Not Wearing Masks||# Eating/Drinking (No Mask Required)||Percent Masked, of those Required|
|Saturday, June 27||129||20||28||86|
|Tuesday, June 30||90||9||11||91|
|Wednesday, July 1||72||27||18||73|
|Friday, July 3||88||14||21||86|
LA County did not release new COVID-19 numbers for a few days over the holiday weekend, but numbers for the end of last week are now in, and confirm the surge is continuing county-wide as well. 2,643 new cases were reported in LA County on Thursday, July 2, 3,187 on Friday, July 3, and 1,402 on Saturday, July 4 – but a press release announcing the weekend numbers notes that tallies from one major lab have not yet been added to Saturday’s total, so that number will likely grow when the report is complete.
The County press release also notes that:
“As of Saturday, July 4, there are 1,921 people confirmed with COVID-19 currently hospitalized, 28% of these people are in the ICU and 18% are on ventilators. There were 1,947 reported as of Friday, July 3 and 1,933 for Thursday, July 2. This remains higher than the 1,889 reported last week.
There are 30 new deaths reported, however this in an undercount as reported deaths are pending verification.”
California’s rising case graph looks similar to the county’s…and it’s not clear yet whether numbers peaked a few days ago, as this graph from EndCoronavirus.org may indicate, or if lower totals for the last couple of days just don’t yet reflect late delivery of new numbers from the holiday weekend.
US trends are also up steeply, with more than 2,900,000 cases and 130,000 deaths – far more than any other country.
And world totals are still going up, too, as this second graph from Johns Hopkins indicates.
So please stay safe everyone — keep wearing your face coverings, stay home as much as you can, and keeping appropriate distance when you must go out. This isn’t going away any time soon and we all need to do what we can to curb the spread.
* Data for the local neighborhood charts comes from the LA County COVID-19 Dashboard. In addition to numbers from areas closest to our Larchmont Buzz readership area, the Dashboard also includes data for other LA County neighborhoods, as well as neighborhood maps and boundaries as defined by the County (NOT our local neighborhoods’ self-definitions). To find your own neighborhood’s boundaries, as defined by LA County, or to see data from other LA neighborhoods, see the link above.
* Country Club Park, as defined by LA County, also includes most of Fremont Place, Windsor Village and Wilshire Park.
** LA County’s boundaries for Hancock Park also include most of Windsor Square, except the area bounded by Wilshire Blvd., S. Wilton Pl., W. Third St. and S. Western Ave., which is part of Wilshire Center.
*** The Melrose community, as defined by LA County, is bounded roughly, with some deviations, by Beverly Blvd., Normandie Ave., Santa Monica Blvd., and La Cienega Blvd. (so this also includes much of what we know as the Larchmont and South Hollywood residential areas).
About Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.
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