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Los Angeles County Coronavirus Update: New Cases Skyrocket As Test Positivity Rate Hits 11.6 Percent

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Los Angeles County Coronavirus Update: New Cases Skyrocket As Test Positivity Rate Hits 11.6 Percent

By Tom Tapp

Tom Tapp

Deputy Managing Editor

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Tuesday confirmed 4,015 new cases of COVID-19, the region’s highest number of new cases reported since the pandemic began. The high number of cases is due, in part, to a backlog of about 2,000 test results received from one lab that just submitted lab results from July 2-5 today.

Testing results are available for more than 1.2 million individuals with 9% of those people testing positive. The daily positivity rate of all tests — a composite of a seven-day rolling average — has risen to 11.6%. On Monday, that seven-day average was pegged at 10%.

There are 1,969 people currently hospitalized — with 27% 

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