LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 51 new deaths and 815 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Forty-two people who died were over the age of 65 years old and six people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Thirty-five people had underlying health conditions including 32 people over the age of 65 years old and three people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.
To date, Public Health has identified 29,427 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,418 deaths. Ninety-two percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 1,309 people (99 percent of the cases); 38% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 28% among White residents, 18% among Asian residents, 12% among African American residents, 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. African Americans, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and people living in communities with high levels of poverty continue to have the highest rate of death per 100,000 people for COVID-19 when compared to other groups. Upon further investigation, 32 cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 5,238 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (19% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 208,000 individuals and 12% of people testing positive.
“These numbers represent people in our community who have passed away from COVID-19, and so many people are suffering as they mourn their loved ones. We are mourning with you, and we keep you in our thoughts and prayers,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As we begin our journey of recovery, some of us will be going back to work and some of us will be out and about and around more people. But that does not mean that we are now living in a Post-COVID-19 world. The virus has not changed and it is still relatively easy to become infected, so we all share the responsibility to be diligent at all times in physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings and frequent hand-washing. For our recovery to work, we all need to do our part to continue to slow the spread of the virus – this is the only thing that can prevent overwhelming our healthcare system and it will save lives.”
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