The 29 new deaths raised the county’s overall virus-related death toll to 27,046, while the new cases gave the county a cumulative pandemic total of 1,521,197.
Public health officials noted that as many as 100,000 tests a day are normally conducted at schools across the county, so campus holiday closures are resulting in a significant drop in testing numbers.
According to state figures, there were 551 COVID-19-positive patients in county hospitals as of Tuesday, down from 558 on Monday. Of those patients, 158 were in intensive care, up slightly from 156 on Monday.
The rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 1.1% as of Tuesday.
Health officials continued to lament disparities in vaccination rates among ethnic groups, with Black and Latino/a residents continuing to lag behind the rest of the population.
Among newly eligible children aged 5-11, only 4% of those in the Black community had received one dose of vaccine as of Nov. 14, and 3% of Latino children. That compares to 13% of white children in that age range and 14% of Asian children.
“During earlier surges, disparities in outcomes, which affected Black and Latinx residents the most, reflected differences in work exposures or living conditions,” county Public HealthDirector Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “More recently, these disparities in outcomes have been fueled by differences in vaccination status that fall along racial and ethnic lines. If we continue to see disparities in pediatric vaccination that put Black and Latinx children at higher risk when transmission increases, we could once again see a situation where these communities suffer the most during a surge.”