Los Angeles County reported 28 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, bringing the total deaths to 26,308 across the county since the pandemic began, with a total reported infections of about 1.5 million.
Black and Latino residents who remain unvaccinated have the highest rate of COVID-19 infections in Los Angeles County, while unvaccinated white residents have the highest death rates, the public health department said.
Between late August and late September, unvaccinated Black and Latino residents in Los Angeles County together had a rate of about 590 cases per 100,000 people, the county said in a news release.
Black residents had 62 hospitalizations for every 100,000 unvaccinated people, the highest hospitalization rate, 27% higher than that of Latinos, the county said.
The press release did not specify death rates for different ethnic groups, but said that white residents had the highest rates, closely followed by black and Latino residents. In gross numbers, the county reported, the virus has killed about 13,200 Latinos, 5,800 whites, 3,300 Asians and 2,200 blacks.
This week, Los Angeles County imposed rules require adults to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain enclosed places, including bars and nightclubs. People must show that they have received at least one dose and be fully vaccinated by November 4.
Also this week, the Los Angeles City Council passed its own ordinance requiring proof of vaccination to enter enclosed places like restaurants, coffee shops and gyms in the city’s jurisdiction – rules that will take effect in November.
During the summer, a Los Angeles Times data analysis has found, COVID-19 killed people in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, which have the highest vaccination rates in the state, at much lower rates than rural California counties with low vaccination rates. .
The analysis showed that the summer Delta variant surge struck with particular ferocity in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley, where less than half of residents are fully vaccinated.
The state reported Saturday that there have been 69,507 deaths from COVID-19 so far, and says that unvaccinated Californians are seven times more likely to become infected than those who are fully vaccinated.