Upward Trends Continue for COVID-19 Deaths and Hospitalizations
LOS ANGELES:- The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 50 new deaths and 1,777 new cases of COVID-19. The number of new deaths remain higher than the 7-day average of 24 deaths.
Of the 50 people that passed away, 24 people were over the age of 65 years old and 25 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old. Thirty-three people had underlying health conditions including 15 people over the age of 65 years old and 18 people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach.
There are 2,037 people currently hospitalized, 26% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 17% are confirmed cases on ventilators. This remains substantially higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen four weeks ago.
Testing results are available for nearly 1,240,000 individuals with 9% of all people testing positive. The daily positivity rate (a composite of a 7-day rolling average) is 9.2%.
To date, Public Health has identified 124,738 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,689 deaths.
“I extend my deepest sympathies and strength to those who are grieving,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We continue to see increased community spread and we need our businesses and residents to support our community on this recovery journey. We ask everyone to continue to stay home as much as possible, to stay physically distant from people you don’t live with and to observe all the critical infection control precautions in place – wear a face covering, maintain physical distance, wash your hands and avoid crowds and confined spaces. This is especially important as we go into another beautiful summer weekend.”
Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 3,434 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 45% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 27% 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, 43 cases and three deaths reported earlier were not LA County residents.
Data continues to expose disproportionality in health outcomes by race, ethnicity and income level data. Latino/Latinx people are more than twice as likely to contract the virus and are also twice as likely to die of the virus, when compared to White people. African American/Black people are 27% more likely to contract the virus and almost twice as likely to die when compared to White people. Communities with high levels of poverty continue to see almost three times more cases than communities with little to no poverty, and people in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to die of COVID-19 than are people in communities with low levels of poverty.
Business owners and residents must take immediate action in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Stay home if you are elderly or have serious underlying health conditions. Everyone else should stay home as much as possible, and limit activities outside of your home to what is essential – work, getting groceries and medicine, and medical visits. Always 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.