The latest official daily tally was a 20-fold increase since June 21, when the county reported 124 cases, marking the influence of the Delta variant and the continuing challenge of vaccinating more of the county’s residents.
Seven more fatalities were posted, bringing the total dead to 24,594 since the pandemic began. The total infected rose early 1.3 million people, a number thought to be much higher by some experts.
Together, the virus is landing younger — 83% are younger than 50 and 65% are between 18 and 49 — and unvaccinated people in L.A.-area hospitals. The state’s tracker noted 60 more hospitalizations from the day before, climbing to 645, with 140 in intensive care.