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Best Life 10 October, 2021 - 06:33am

Black and Latino residents who remain unvaccinated have Los Angeles County’s highest rate of COVID-19 infections, while unvaccinated white residents have the highest death rates, the public health department said.

Between late August and late September, unvaccinated Black and Latino residents in LA County together had a rate of about 590 cases per 100,000 people, the county said in a news release.

Black residents had 62 hospitalizations for every 100,000 unvaccinated people, the highest rate of hospitalization, 27% higher than that of Latinos, the county said.

The news release did not specify the death rates of different ethnic groups, but said white residents had the highest rates, followed closely by Black and Latino residents. In raw numbers, the county reported, the virus has killed about 13,200 Latinos, 5,800 white people, 3,300 Asians and 2,200 Black people.

This week, Los Angeles County imposed rules requiring adults to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor venues including bars and nightclubs. People must prove they have had at least one dose, and be fully vaccinated by Nov. 4.

Also this week, the Los Angeles City Council passed its own ordinance requiring proof of vaccination to enter indoor venues such as restaurants, coffee shops and gyms in the city’s jurisdiction, rules which will take effect in November.

Over the summer, a Los Angeles Times data analysis has found, COVID-19 killed people in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, which have the highest vaccination rates in the state, at much lower rates than in rural California counties with low vaccination rates.

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Christopher Goffard is an author and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He shared in the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s Bell coverage and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing, in 2007 and 2014. His novel “Snitch Jacket” was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel. His book “You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya,” based on his Times series, was published in 2011.

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These programs entered the season with completely different histories. One had established itself as a power by controlling the line of scrimmage to win three national titles in the past two decades. The other never has reached the Southeastern Conference championship game.

But Saturday night, unranked LSU lost to No. 16 Kentucky. The Wildcats ran the ball and dominated along both fronts, beating LSU the way it used to defeat other teams. By the end of the 42-21 loss, LSU’s defenders were dragged across the turf as they tried to complete tackles.

The game was never all that close. Kentucky took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. It held LSU scoreless into the second half. The Tigers trailed 35-7 in the fourth quarter before they made the score somewhat more respectable. Now they've lost two straight games, and the schedule will only get more difficult.

“It freakin' sucks,'' sophomore quarterback Max Johnson said of being 3-3. “I’m not going to lie. We’ve just got to come back to work on Monday.”

When coach Ed Orgeron looked at the stat sheet before his postgame news conference, he furrowed his brow. His lips tightened. Orgeron knew Kentucky ran the ball well through its zone scheme, but he looked frustrated as he saw 330 rushing yards listed on the paper in front of him.

LSU (3-3, 1-2 SEC) hadn’t struggled so much to stop the run since the season opener. The issue had been replaced by others over the last four weeks, from offensive tempo to LSU’s own run game. The defense had lately played well. But on a night when LSU finally re-established its rushing attack behind junior Tyrion Davis-Price, the Wildcats physically dominated at the line of scrimmage.

Kentucky averaged 7.3 yards per rush on 45 carries against an LSU defense playing without four injured starters. The Wildcats often sealed the edges of the front and opened huge holes. Kentucky recorded four carries over 20 yards as LSU’s defense once again allowed explosive plays, the main problem of the 2020 season. Kentucky reached 6-0 for the first time since 1950.

“I do believe we got beat at the point of attack,” Orgeron said. “I knew they were a good zone blocking team. We got cut out of our gaps. Sometimes it was physical at the point of attack. Sometimes it was just technique.”

The productive running game helped Kentucky quarterback Will Levis make easy throws against LSU's depleted secondary, which didn’t have All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. or safety Major Burns and missed multiple assignments that led to touchdowns.

LSU was in desperate need of a spark, but this time it wasn’t the fault of a lackluster ground game.

Levis had thrown an interception in every other game this season. He completed 14 of 17 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns against LSU. Such a dominating win let him yell and flex while he walked along the sideline after the game. Kentucky averaged 7.7 yards per play.

Offensively, LSU actually had one of its best games on the ground after committing to run the football more this week. Davis-Price recorded a season-high 147 yards on 22 carries with his first and second touchdowns of the year.

“We started off not running the ball very well, but we were not going to abandon it,” Orgeron said. “We said we were going to stick with it.”

But nothing else worked well. LSU’s offensive line struggled in pass protection, allowing four sacks. The entire offense was out-schemed by Kentucky. Johnson missed open receivers as the passing attack stalled drives. The Tigers went 1 for 5 on fourth down.

Johnson was sacked from his blind side and fumbled on LSU’s first possession. Kentucky recovered the ball. Soon, on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line, running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. leaked into the flat, and no one covered him. After LSU turned the ball over on downs on its next possession, Kentucky scored again to take a 14-0 lead.

The first half was going so badly for LSU against Kentucky Saturday that fans piled on head coach Ed Orgeron across all social media platforms…

Though LSU’s defense forced two straight punts to keep the score close before halftime, LSU didn’t cross midfield again in the first half. Its next three drives gained a total of 57 yards on 18 plays. Johnson struggled during the stretch, missing two open receivers on one possession.

“We’ve got to be more explosive in the first half,” said Johnson, who finished 22 of 38 for 261 yards and one touchdown.

As much as Kentucky physically dominated the first half, LSU only trailed by two scores at the break. It needed to force a punt on the opening drive of the third quarter. Instead, Rodriguez ripped off a 22-yard gain. Then Levis turned a short run into 33 yards. He barreled into the end zone on a quarterback sneak.

Davis-Price helped LSU finally score, but Kentucky never relented. It responded with a 10-play touchdown drive. Then, after LSU once again turned the ball over on downs in Kentucky territory, Levis found a wide open receiver for a 25-yard touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Tigers trailed 35-7 at that point. They scored twice, once by Davis-Price and then on a leaping touchdown grab from freshman wide receiver Malik Nabers, the first of his career. But Kentucky stretched the lead again on its next possession.

In a sign of what was to come, two streaks ended for LSU’s offense and defense in the first quarter of the Tigers' matchup with Kentucky on Sa…

When LSU tried to score once more and Johnson was sacked on fourth down, Kentucky played “Callin’ Baton Rouge” over the loudspeakers.

The loss marked the lowest point in a season that has looked shaky from the beginning. First there was the loss to UCLA. Then Auburn won inside Tiger Stadium for the first time since 1999. But LSU hadn’t been dismantled like this. Kentucky looked closer to a championship, at least this season.

As a result, pressure increased on Orgeron to prove he can lead the program back to the prominence it reached two years ago. The Tigers are now 8-8 since the national championship.

Orgeron’s name began trending on Twitter in the first quarter. The comments weren’t positive.

“Stay together,” Orgeron said. “Stay together. It’s going to be tough. I understand that. But stay together. Let’s look at the film. Let’s coach better. Let’s play better. Let’s get ready for Florida. That’s all we can do."

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop Again in Los Angeles County

The Epoch Times 11 October, 2021 - 11:50am

LOS ANGELES—The number of COVID-19-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals fell again Oct. 9, declining from 696 on Friday to 670, according to state figures.

The number of those patients in intensive care dropped from 206 to 202.

It was the 35th time in the last 40 days that the number of COVID-19 patients in county hospitals has declined, down from a summer peak of nearly 1,800 brought on by the more contagious Delta variant.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 1,195 new cases of COVID-19 and 28 additional deaths Saturday, bringing the county’s cumulative totals to 1,469,790 cases and 26,308 deaths since the pandemic began.

Officials have said that about 90% of the fatalities associated with COVID-19 occurred in people with underlying health conditions.

Saturday’s test positivity rate was 0.93 percent.

Friday marked the first full day of new COVID-19 vaccination requirements for employees and customers at indoor portions of bars, wineries, distilleries, nightclubs, and lounges in Los Angeles County. Employees and patrons of such businesses must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, while two doses will be required beginning Nov. 4.

Unvaccinated customers and employees can still be in outdoor portions of affected establishments.

Meanwhile, people aged 12 and over attending outdoor mega-events of 10,000 or more people are now required to show proof of either full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours. The requirement affects ticketed sporting events, outdoor concerts, and theme parks that have 10,000 or more people in attendance.

Mask-wearing is also be required at all such events.

The vaccination-or-testing requirement was already in place for large indoor events of 1,000 people or more.

“We commend all the businesses and venues complying with the new vaccine verification requirements,” Ferrer said in a statement. “Because unvaccinated people are five times more likely to get infected with COVID-19 and 23 times more likely to be hospitalized, creating more safety at worksites, large events and indoor establishments is best accomplished when most people are vaccinated.”

Ferrer said vaccination increases among younger residents could be the result of mandates for school students, but the approaching winter holidays could also be prompting families to get their kids inoculated.

“I think a lot of parents are saying, ‘You know, getting ready for the holidays, I want you vaccinated,'” she said. “… We’ve all lived through a devastating winter last year, so I think there’s a lot greater push from family members for their teens to get vaccinated.”

Overall, 78 percent of eligible county residents aged 12 and up have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 70 percent are fully vaccinated. Of the county’s overall 10.3 million population, including 1.3 million kids under age 12 who are ineligible for the shots, 67% have at least one dose, and 60 percent are fully vaccinated.

But Ferrer said the pace of vaccines remains slow, with only about 45,000 first doses administered over the past week.

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