Los Angeles County did not report any deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, a stunning turnaround for California’s most populous area, which has suffered 23,915 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
This is the first time in 410 days that the county has not reported at least one COVID death.
But health officials warned that the remarkable figure could be due to insufficient numbers due to delays in reporting COVID data over the weekend, according to The LA Times.
Health officials reported 313 new cases and 410 hospitalizations Sunday in the county, which covers much of the Los Angeles metropolitan area and has a population of more than 1
California now has the lowest COVID rate of any state in the country after suffering alternating waves of deaths and blockades over the past 12 months.
Less than four months ago, the county experienced its deadliest day, when a record 290 died on January 8, according to official figures.
More than half of the population in Los Angeles County has had at least one vaccination and just under a third have been fully vaccinated.
LA County registered its first death from COVID on March 19 last year, when four people died.
With a peak of nearly 300 deaths a day in early January, Los Angeles County, California reported no deaths from COVID on Sunday, May 2.
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A man skates a boardwalk on the promenade of Venice Beach on April 28, 2021 in Venice, California. Los Angeles County has not reported any deaths from COVID for the first time since last March
Mortality rose rapidly to over 40 and ranged between 30 and 40 by the end of August.
The country was plunged into one of the strictest blockades in the country, with residents allowed to leave their homes only for groceries and exercise.
California became the first state to issue a state residence order last spring and endure the longest blockade in the country.
The state runs a complex system with a color-coded level that will determine the boundaries from county to county.
The restrictions were eased as mortality fell to about 15 per seven-day moving average in October.
But the virus stubbornly crept back during a second wave in November.
Daily deaths reached more than 100 a day for the first time on December 11 and peaked at 290 deaths on January 9.
In January alone, 6,411 people died.
Recent data on COVID-19 show that case numbers are on a steady downward trend
The number of deaths remains persistently high in some parts of the country
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Customers dine at Hank’s outdoor restaurant in front of the Gulf Theater at the Cineapolis Luxury Cinema in the Pacific Palisade
But as the spread of the vaccine picked up, Los Angeles County flattened the curve.
California now boasts the lowest rate of confirmed coronavirus infections in the country, and more than half of the population eligible for vaccination has received at least one dose.
Children are returning to private classes, shops and restaurants are expanding, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has set June 15 as a target date for further economic opening, albeit with some health restrictions.
Disneyland in Los Angeles reopened with a capacity of 25%.
Visitors must wear masks and can take them off to eat only in certain places. Hugs and handshakes with characters are forbidden, and parades and fireworks are postponed to limit the crowd.
And the city’s famous beaches, such as Venice and Malibu, have been bustling with life in recent weeks.
While California continues to “strongly discourage” anyone from visiting the country as tourists, the tourism industry is engaged in delayed demand from its own nearly 40 million residents to return.
An advertising campaign encouraged Californians to travel within the state, reflecting the terrain made after 9/11.
Gov. Gavin Newsum said last week that the state was reviewing its mandate in light of new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control that allow vaccinated people to go outside without masks unless they are in a crowded area.
In the United States, the average 14-day average death rate from COVID was 693 yesterday, according to the New York Times.
Some areas in Michigan, Utah, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, Colorado and Washington report more than 50 cases per 100,000 people.