LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – On Saturday, Los Angeles County Public Health reported 2,600 new COVID-19 infections and 10 deaths.
This marks the fourth straight day of new cases topping 2,500.READ MORE: Thousands Attend Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary
Additionally, 688 people with COVID-19 are hospitalized in LA County, with 21% of those in intensive care.
Saturday’s daily test positivity rate was 4.9%.READ MORE: Robert Durst, New York Real Estate Scion, Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder In Death Of Longtime Friend Susan Berman
With Saturday’s report, the county death toll rose to 24,624 fatalities, and the total number of cases growing to 7,241,000.
Health officials continue to blame the current spike in cases and hospitalizations on the highly infectious Delta variant. The county Department of Health also noted that unvaccinated residents are becoming infected at five times the rate of transmission from just one month ago.
In hopes of encouraging more people to get vaccinated, the county is continuing to offer incentives. Through next Thursday, anyone who gets vaccinated at sites operated by the county, the city of Los Angeles or St. John’s Well Child and Family Center will be entered for a chance to win one of seven three-concert ticket packages at AEG venues, for a variety of acts.MORE NEWS: Stars Show Out To Celebrate Emmy Nominations Ahead Of Big Show
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