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The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals has fallen to 368, down by seven over the previous day’s total, according to the latest state data released Wednesday.

Of those patients, 40 were being treated in intensive care, down from 43 the previous day. County officials have said that roughly 40% of the COVID-positive hospital patients were admitted specifically for COVID, while the others were hospitalized for other reasons but tested positive upon admission.

The statewide COVID hospitalization total, which has been in general decline for several weeks, increased by 23 people to 1,537.

The county reported 928 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths linked to the virus, bringing its cumulative totals to 3,483,444 cases and 33,936 fatalities since the pandemic began.

Health officials have said that the majority of COVID-related deaths occur in people who are elderly or have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease.

The county’s test positivity rate on a seven-day average was 4.3% Wednesday, up from 3.7% last Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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