LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 48 new deaths and 2,056 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The high number of cases are, in part, due to delays in lab reporting. Thirty-six people who died were over the age of 65 years old, seven people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and two people who died were between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Thirty-seven people had underlying health conditions including 29 people over the age of 65 years old, six people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and two people between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and one death was reported by the City of Pasadena.
To date, Public Health has identified 81,636 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,110 deaths. Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 2,892 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 42% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 29% among White residents, 17% among Asian residents, 11% among Black/African American residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 29 cases and one death reported earlier were not LA County residents. There are 1,406 people who are currently hospitalized, 29% of these people are in the ICU and 22% are on ventilators. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 916,000 individuals and 8% of people testing positive.
“Each day, we are sad to report additional deaths from COVID-19 of people across our communities. For all of you who are grieving, we are so sorry for your loss,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “While the most critical numbers for us to watch are daily hospitalizations and deaths, and these numbers remain stable, we are mindful that positive cases across the County have increased, and this reflects both high rates of testing and increased community transmission over the past few weeks. Many businesses and spaces reopened in the last month, and residents have found themselves in crowded situations at boardwalks, bars, and protests. Increased contact with others not in your household results in increased risk of transmission of COVID-19. This is why it is more important than ever to do what we know slows the spread of the virus: always wear a face covering and keep 6 feet or more of distance from others not in your household, wash hands frequently, self-isolate if you’re positive for COVID-19, and quarantine if you’re a close contact of someone who tested positive. This is how we protect each other in the weeks ahead.”
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