The number of COVID-19-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals rose by 19 to 258, according to the latest state data released Saturday.
The number of those patients treated in intensive care was 33, up from 36 on Friday.
These figures come a day after local health officials reported more than 3,200 new infections, while reiterating the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on blacks and Latinos.
The county reported 3,270 new infections on Friday, bringing the total total infected during the pandemic to 2,888,408. Six more virus-related deaths were also reported, bringing the death toll to 31,991, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.
The average daily rate of virus positives on Friday was 2.3 percent, roughly the same as on Thursday.
The department does not report COVID data on weekends.
The health department warned on Friday that during the pandemic, blacks and Latinos faced greater impact in terms of infections and deaths from whites and Asians. Low-income areas are also hit harder.
The discrepancies point to long-standing differences in care levels and access to care, officials said.
Health officials noted that during the four increases in COVID that the district faced, black and brown residents had an incidence rate between two and four times higher than whites. Hospitalization rates were three to four times higher during the recent winter, and mortality rates were two to three times higher over the same period.
Vaccination against COVID has not completely corrected the differences between rich and lower-income areas. According to the county, fully vaccinated residents in areas of high poverty were still twice as likely to become infected and end up in hospital than fully vaccinated residents in wealthier communities.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated residents in high-poverty areas are 12 times more likely to die from the virus than unvaccinated residents in richer areas.
County officials attributed the differences to factors such as frequency of exposure, general community conditions, and general health of residents in different areas.
Health officials also said most people who die from complications of COVID have underlying conditions, mostly hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
“As LA County continues in this different phase of the pandemic, the public health goal has not changed and we will work with partners to reduce serious diseases and deaths from COVID-19,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “It is simply not appropriate to tolerate the disproportion that results in higher rates of illness, death and long-term disability among some residents and workers when there are collective prevention strategies that can mitigate the spread of serious diseases.”
Ferrer also urged people to be vigilant during Sunday activities on Mother’s Day.
“Given that the virus is spreading at a high speed, public health is asking everyone gathered to celebrate and pay tribute to their mothers and grandmothers this weekend to protect each other by testing before the gathering, as much as possible outside and wearing masks when indoors. “We wish everyone a happy Mother’s Day,” she said in a statement on Saturday.