Los Angeles County officials continue to report a decline in new coronavirus cases but say the emergence of a more transmissible, potentially more virulent variant underscores the importance of sticking with safety measures like masking and distancing. Laois passed another milestone in the past week passing the 3000 mark.
Orange County has reported a similar downward trend, on Saturday recording 391 new cases of the virus, 44 deaths and 591 hospitalized patients, a decline of about 46% from two weeks before.
Both counties are above the national 250.2 per 100 k incidence.
The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota rose to 111,304 (140 new - 107 confirmed plus 33 probable) as of midday Sunday, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. There has now been a total of 214,378 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Whatever the result of the test, you must complete the 14 day period of quarantine.
There were 2,369 COVID-19 patients in L.A. County hospitals as of Friday, a decline of almost 44% from two weeks before, when there were 4,186 patients.
Data from 8am on Saturday note that 149 of the 719 COVID-19 patients hospitalised are receiving critical care.
An additional 26 deaths related to COVID-19 have been notified to Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). A total of 24 of these deaths occurred in February, 1 in January and 1 in October. The median age of those who died was 81, and the age range was 58 to 98. An additional 36 hospitalisations occurred in the past 24 hours.
The new deaths, three women and one man, are being reported in Codington and Minnehaha (3) counties. Some 378 cases are in Dublin, 68 in Galway, 61 in Kildare, 47 in Limerick, 45 in Louth and the remaining 389 cases are spread across all other counties.
NPHET also updated on vaccinations to February 17. "Modelling suggests that in the most recent week, the percentage of people testing positive in Northern Ireland decreased", the Department of Health said.