LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 57 new deaths and 2,916 new cases of COVID-19. There are more than 2,000 people currently hospitalized, 27% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 18% are confirmed cases on ventilators. This remains substantially higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen four weeks ago.
To date, Public Health has identified 130,242 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,793 deaths.
Testing results are available for over 1,313,000 individuals with 9% of all people testing positive.
“For those of you mourning the loss of a loved one from COVID-19, your community mourns with you,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “This virus has taken a toll on all of us including our children. It’s important that we find ways to feel joy in this time. I encourage you to safely spend time outside. Take full advantage of the natural resources we have in our county, including our beautiful beaches, mountain trails and parks. But do so while avoiding the three Cs: crowds, confined spaces and close contact with people outside your own household. If a trail is crowded, look for another one. If the beach is full of people, move to a less populated area. Wear your face covering and keep your distance whenever there are other people around that are not from your household. We must work together to get back to being able to slow the spread. Unless we can do this, our recovery journey is in jeopardy.”
Of the 51 people that passed away (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena), 37 people were over the age of 65 years old, 11 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and three people who died were between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Forty-three people had underlying health conditions including 32 people over the age of 65 years old, eight people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and three people between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Four deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and two deaths reported by the city of Pasadena.
Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 3,529 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 46% of deaths occurred among Latino-Latinx residents, 26% among White residents, 16% among Asian residents, 11% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 32 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not LA County residents.
Business owners and residents must take immediate action in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that are open need to adhere to the health officer directives. Stay home if you are elderly or have serious underlying health conditions. Everyone should wear a face covering and keep physical distance when you are outside your home and wash your hands frequently. The actions of LA County residents to slow the spread cannot wait; we need to act now.
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