LOS ANGELES (KABC) — It’s been a month since California’s re-opening and doctors are seeing a troubling trend: A spike in cases – and experts fear it could get worse.
Los Angeles County reported 1,315 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. That’s almost 10 times the number of cases the county saw exactly one month ago, one day before California’s reopening: 135 cases.
It was the sixth consecutive day of the daily new cases exceeding 1,000.
“Community transmission of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County has increased to a moderate level and may continue to increase unless everyone consistently and proactively takes steps to reduce their risk of infection and the spread of COVID-19,” county officials said in a statement Wednesday.
In addition to more cases, the number of hospitalizations has also been increasing.
The medical director of the emergency department of Cedars-Sinai worries the spike could get worse.
“All of a sudden in the past couple weeks, we have seen a seven-fold increase in the number of people coming to the emergency room with COVID-related issues,” said Dr. Sam Torbati.
In June, Torbati said his team went from barely seeing any cases to up to eight new cases a day. Eighty percent of them are adults between 20 and 40 years old.
“Right now we’re seeing more young people infected because they’re more active and proportionally less-vaccinated. They’re not wearing face masks,” he said. “They’re not protected so they’re going to get infected.”