LA County Dept of Health Announces New Coronavirus Cases

LA County Public Health gave an update on COVID-19 Wednesday June 3.

Health officials confirmed there were 46 new deaths and 1,155 new cases of the novel virus.

To date, Public Health has identified 58,234 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,489 deaths.

Thirty-four people who died were over the age of 65 years old; six people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Twelve people were reported to have underlying health conditions including 11 people over the age of 65 years old and one person between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Five deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.

LA County Public Health gave an update on COVID-19 on the first day of June.

Health officials confirmed there were 22 new deaths and 978 new cases of the novel virus.

To date, Public Health has identified 55,968 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,384 deaths.

Sixteen people who died were over the age of 65 years old and six people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old. Twenty-one people had underlying health conditions including 15 people over the age of 65 years old and six people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old.

"Public Health supports the need for LA County residents to exercise their first amendment rights.  There is, however, risk that these gatherings can become super-spreader events where a great deal of transmission of the COVID-19 virus can occur," a press release from LA County Public Health said Monday. "Everyone engaging in peaceful protest should always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth and keep six feet apart from others not in your household."

LA County Public Health gave an update on COVID-19 on Saturday, May 30th.

Health officials confirmed there were 48 new deaths and 2,112 new cases of the novel virus. This is the largest number of recorded cases in one day since the start of pandemic.

The high number of cases was said to be due to a backlog in processing tests.

36 of the fatalities were over the age of 65 years old and 8 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old. Thirty-three people had underlying health conditions.

To date, Public Health has identified 53,651 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,338 deaths.

“Each day, we join with families and friends mourning the devastating loss of life to COVID-19 and we keep those who are grieving in our thoughts and prayers,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “LA County is on our recovery journey, and as more businesses and spaces re-open, it has never been more important – as individuals, businesses and institutions – to use the tools that we all have to take care of each other and to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. This means practicing physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings when in public, and adhering to all directives in the Health Officer order.”

On Friday, there were 50 new deaths, 1,824 new cases, 43,052 total cases, 51,562 cases in L.A. County, and 2,042 deaths in LA County since the start of the pandemic.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health addressed the recent political protests in L.A. She said protests are one of only two events allowed by the state.

Thirty-three people who died were over the age of 65 years old; 13 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and four people who died were between the ages of 18 and 40 years old.  Forty people had underlying health conditions including 30 people over the age of 65 years old, seven people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and three people between the ages of 18 and 40 years old.

"We expect cloth face coverings and social distancing, and for them to be peaceful protests. Please protect each other," Ferrer said. 

As for when exactly restaurants will open for on-site dining in L.A. County, Ferrer says the new notice will be posted soon.

“So many people in our community are experiencing loss and sorrow during this pandemic. We think of you every day, and we are deeply sorry for your loss,” Ferrer said. 

“As we enter the weekend, and are perhaps out of our homes and visiting businesses and public spaces, please remember that practicing physical distancing and wearing a cloth face covering when you are around other people are the tools we have to prevent further spread of the virus. For businesses, the implementation of directives in the protocols for reopening are the most effective strategy for protecting employees and customers. These actions are essential for slowing the spread and preventing many people from becoming seriously ill and requiring hospitalization. They are essential for saving lives.”

LA County Public Health gave an update on COVID-19 May 27, Wednesday.

There were 53 new deaths and 933 new cases of COVID-19 in LA County. 

35 people who died were over the age of 65 years old; 30 of those had underlying health conditions. 14 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and 12 of those people had underlying health conditions. Two people who died were between the ages of 18 and 40 years old.  One of those people had underlying health conditions. Information on the 2 deaths from Long Beach are available on their website, according to Barbara Ferrer with LA County Public Health.

There are now 48,700 cases and 2,195 deaths in LA County.

She said there are 4,861 healthcare workers and first responders who have confirmed cases of COVID-19. The vast majority of cases are among skilled nursing facilities and hospitals, she said. 30 healthcare workers have lost their lives, she said.

Officials gave an update for the death toll the day after Memorial Day weekend.

There were 27 new deaths and 1,843 new cases of COVID-19 in LA County. 

"Although this is the highest number of new cases reported in a day, some of these cases are from a backlog of test results," a press release from LA County Public Health said Tuesday afternoon.

Twenty people who died were over the age of 65 years old; six people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 40 years old.  Seventeen people had underlying health conditions including 11 people over the age of 65 years old and six people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old.

There are now 47,822 cases and 2,143 deaths in LA County.

LA County Public Health officials gave an update on Memorial Day.

There were 12 additional deaths and 1,047 new cases. Seven people who died were over the age of 65 years old and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Seven people over the age of 65 years old had underlying health conditions. Two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and two deaths by the City of Pasadena.

The county's totals sit at 46,018 COVID-19 cases and 2,116 deaths.

LA County Health officials announced 35 additional deaths due to the coronavirus crisis Friday, May 22. Another 1,072 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.  

The county's totals sit at 2,049 deaths and 43,052 COVID-19 cases. 

25 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 20 of the people who died had underlying health conditions. Five people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and three of them had underlying health conditions. Three deaths were reported from Long Beach and two deaths from Pasadena, according to Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

LA County Public Health officials gave an update Thursday on COVID-19.

LA County Health officials announced 46 additional deaths due to the coronavirus crisis Thursday, May 21. Another 1,204 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.  

LA County Public Health's Dr. Barbara Ferrer said 92 percent of the people, who have passed away from COVID-19, had underlying health conditions. 

The county's totals sit at 2,016 deaths and 42,037 COVID-19 cases. 

Ferrer said it's a very "sad milestone."

28 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 20 of the people who died had underlying health conditions. 12 people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and 10 of them had underlying health conditions. Information on the 3 deaths from Long Beach and 3 deaths from Pasadena are available on their websites, according to Ferrer. 

LA County Public Health officials gave an update Wednesday a day after the highest one-day death toll since the COVID-19 crisis began.

LA County Health officials announced 57 additional deaths due to the coronavirus crisis Wednesday, May 20. Another 1,324 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.  

LA County Public Health's Dr. Barbara Ferrer said 92 percent of the people, who have passed away from COVID-19, had underlying health conditions. 

The county's totals sit at 1,970 deaths and 40,857 COVID-19 cases. 

30 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 24 of the people who died had underlying health conditions. 12 people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and six of them had underlying health conditions. Two who died were in the age range of 18 to 40 and both of the people had underlying health conditions. Information on the 10 deaths from Long Beach and three deaths from Pasadena are available on their websites, according to Ferrer. 

LA County Health officials announced 76 additional deaths due to the coronavirus crisis Tuesday May 19. Another 1,183 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.  

Tuesday was the highest one-day death tolls since the coronavirus crisis began.

LA County Public Health's Dr. Barbara Ferrer said 92 percent of the people, who have passed away from COVID-19, had underlying health conditions. 

The county's totals sit at 1,913 deaths and 39,573 new cases. 

52 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 48 of the people who died had underlying health conditions. 19 people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and 14 of them had underlying health conditions. 2 who died were in the age range of 18 to 40 and both of the people had underlying health conditions. Information on the one death from Long Beach and 2 deaths from Pasadena are available on their websites, according to Ferrer. Two previous reported deaths were outside the LA County jurisdiction, Ferrer said.

LA County Health officials announced 18 additional deaths due to the coronavirus crisis Monday May 18. Another 477 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.  

LA County Public Health's Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the number of cases is usually lower because a number of the labs aren't open on the weekends.

The county's totals sit at 1,839 deaths and 38,451 new cases. 

Ferrer said 92 percent of the people, who have passed away from COVID-19, had underlying health conditions.

She said there could be "more infected people out and about" now that some restrictions have been lifted in the county.

15 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 12 of the people who died had underlying health conditions. Three people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and all of them had underlying health conditions.

Ferrer also gave an update on institutional settings.

"The vast majority of people who died in institutional settings did reside in skilled nursing facilities," Ferrer said.

Ferrer said 164 women who were pregnant tested positive for COVID-19 and 80 percent, who were tested and positive, were symptomatic. To date, she said there have been 38 live births and 2 non-live births. 31 infants were tested at birth and all were negative, Ferrer said.

Among healthcare workers, including first responders, a total of 4,298 healthcare workers and first responders have confirmed cases of COVID-19 in LA County. Cases have been identified among 26 different occupational settings including hospitals and nursing facilities. She said nurses account for the majority of the positive cases - 46 percent. 26 healthcare workers have passed away from COVID-19, 6 additional people since last week, according to Ferrer.

She also wanted to update on skilled nursing facilities: as of today, 141 skilled nursing facilities have tested all their staff and resident and an additional 74 are going to be tested. Of the over 3,600 people who have been tested and have results, 402 tested positive for COVID-19. She said only 57 were symptomatic. She said 86 percent of the people who tested positive were asymptomatic or could be pre-symptomatic. 

"Most importantly, these results highlight the fact that there may be, in any settings, significant numbers of people who are positive for COVID-19 with no symptoms and this is particularly problematic in our institutional settings," she said.

On Sunday, Los Angeles County Health officials tracked more cases of the coronavirus in LA.

There have been 694 new cases of the virus confirmed and 29 more deaths since Saturday. 

This brings the county totals to 37,974 cases and 1,821 deaths.

This week the LA County Public Health officials updated the public on the COVID-19 crisis.

On Saturday, Los Angeles County health officials announced 1073 new positive new cases of coronavirus and 40 additional deaths.

Thirty-three fatalities were over the age of 65 years old, nine individuals who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and one person between the ages of 18 to 40. 

To date, Public Health has identified 37,303 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,793 deaths. 92% of the fatalities had previous medical conditions.

"Our hearts go out to everyone who has lost someone they love to COVID-19. We share in your sorrow, and wish you healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As more places re-open in LA County, I want to thank all of you who have done your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will all need to continue to work together on this, including practicing physical distancing and wearing our cloth face coverings when we are around other people. These actions work – they protect you, they protect others, and they save lives.”

On Friday, health officials announced 47 additional deaths due to the coronavirus crisis. Another 962 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.  

LA County Public Health's Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the total number of confirmed cases in institutionalized settings is 9,103 and this includes 5,895 residents and 3,208 who are staff.

Ferrer said 892 people, who were living in institutional settings, have died from COVID-19 and this represents 51 percent of all of our deaths. The vast majority of the people, who lived in institutional settings, did reside in skilled nursing homes, according to Ferrer.

She said there will be new rounds of inspections at every facility by health facility nurses, she said.

She said there would be an update on that next week.

The county's totals sit at 1,755 deaths and 36,259 new cases. 

37 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 30 of the people who died had underlying health conditions. Five people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and two of them had underlying health conditions. Information on the five deaths being reported by the city of Long Beach is on their websites, according to Ferrer.

On Thursday May 14, Los Angeles County health officials announced 51 additional deaths due to the coronavirus crisis. Another 925 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.  

LA County Public Health's Dr. Barbara Ferrer said she wants to put it in context by comparing COVID-19 with influenza, which is a much longer season. She said "last year 125 people died from influenza and the year before about 300 people died. On average we lose 250 lives to influenza every year."

"You can understand why the mortality rate for COVID-19 is so worrisome because it far exceeds what we are normally used to seeing with a virus or communicable disease," Ferrer said.

The county's totals sit at 1,709 deaths and 35,329 new cases. 

35 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 32 of the people who died had underlying health conditions. 12 people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and 11 of them had underlying health conditions. Information on the one death being reported by the city of Long Beach and the three deaths by Pasadena are on their websites, according to Ferrer.

On Wednesday May 13, Los Angeles County health officials announced 47 additional deaths due to the coronavirus crisis. Another 1,264 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today.  

This larger number of cases is partly due to time lag in reporting cases over the weekend and also the continued lag time for some labs reporting to the Public Health Department in general, according to Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

She said she wanted to note that "in one month we've experienced 1,300 additional deaths. On April 13 we reported 363 people had passed away and as I noted today, we are reporting close to 1,700 people have passed away."

The county's totals sit at 1,659 deaths and 34,428 new cases. 

33 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 30 people who died had underlying health conditions. Nine people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and eight of them had underlying health conditions. One person who died was between the age of 18 and 40 and this person also had underlying health conditions. Information on the three deaths being reported by the city of Long Beach and the one death by Pasadena are on their websites, according to Ferrer.

On Tuesday May 12, Los Angeles County health officials announced 45 more deaths due to the coronavirus crisis. Another 961 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today. 

The county's totals sit at 1,613 deaths and 33,180 new cases. 

Thirty-five people who died were over the age of 65 years old and nine people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Forty-one people had underlying health conditions including 32 people over the age of 65 years old and nine people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach.

“Later this week, we will be issuing a new Health Officer Order that continues to lay out directives that need to be followed as we continue on our recovery journey.  Our journey will be slow and we will be looking closely at key indicators to make sure we are continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you so much for working together and doing your part.  Your actions have been working and saving lives," Dr. Barbara Ferrer said in a press release.

On Monday May 11, Los Angeles County health officials announced 39 more deaths due to the coronavirus crisis. Another 591 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed today. 

The county's totals sit at 1,569 deaths and 32,358 new cases. 

33 people who died were over the age of 65, and 22 of the people who were over the age of 65 had underlying health conditions. Four of the people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and 3 of the people had underlying health conditions. One of the people, who was between 41 and 65 of age, had underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 CASES AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN UPDATE

Dr. Barbara Ferrer said there are 134 women who are pregnant who tested positive for COVDI-19, and 82 percent of the women who were tested and were positive were symptomatic. She said there were 29 live births and 1 non-live birth. She said 24 infants were tested at birth, including one set of twins, and all have tested negative for COVID-19.

On Sunday May 10, Los Angeles County health officials announced 18 more deaths due to the coronavirus crisis. Another 484 new cases of the virus have also surfaced. 

The county's totals sit at 1,530 deaths and 31,677 new cases. 

In Orange County, 2 more deaths have been reported along with 122 more cases of the virus. However, on Sunday, the number of patients hospitalized with the virus dropped from 218 to 178. 

51,211 Orange County residents have been tested for the virus. 307 people have already been tested on Sunday alone. 

May 10, 2020

Cases: 484 (31,677 total)

Deaths: 18 (1,530 total) pic.twitter.com/WQR6dznl8d— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) May 10, 2020

On Friday, May 8, Los Angeles County officials reported 883 new cases of coronavirus and 51 new deaths. 

Information on the two deaths reported by Pasadena is available on their website, according to Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

This brings the total number to 30,296 positive cases and 1,468 deaths in LA County. 

39 people who died were over the age of 65 years old, of those 36 had underlying health conditions.

8 people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and 6 of those had underlying health conditions.

Two of the people who passed away ere between the age of 18 and 40  and one person had underlying health conditions. 

NEW CDC GUIDELINES FOR SELF ISOLATION

On Friday May 1, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 62 new deaths and 1,065 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

46 people who died were over the age of 65 years old, of those 39 had underlying health conditions.

7 people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and all of those had underlying health conditions.

One person who died was between the ages of 18 and 40 years old and did not have underlying health conditions.

This week the CDC updated their guidance on how long people are positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate and the new guidance directs people, who are positive for COVID-19, to self isolate for 10 days and 72 hours after fever and symptoms subside.

"There's new evidence that suggests the virus may shed for a longer period of time which means that a person may be able to infect other people for a longer period of time than was initially thought when we had the guidance that people needed to isolate for 7 days plus 72 hours after fever and symptoms subsided," Ferrer said.

She said as a reminder if you test positive for COVID-19 you do need to self isolate immediately and away from all people as much as possible.

Ferrer said there are 106 pregnant women who have tested positive for COVID-19. 27 of the women who tested positive for COVID-19 completed their pregnancies and resulted in 26 live births, she said.

“Our hearts go out to the family that did lost a baby from their pregnancy,” Ferrer said.

She said the 22 infants who were tested at birth were all negative for COVID-19.

"We don't have signs that pregnant women are transmitting the infection to their newborns at this point in time in LA County," Ferrer said.

NURSING HOMES AND TESTING IN LA COUNTY

On Monday, the death toll from the virus stood at 942 deaths with 20,417 total positive cases in LA County.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer said there are 29 new deaths and 900 new cases Monday.

25 people who died were over the age of 65 and 18 of the people who died had underlying health conditions. Three were between the ages of 41 and 65. One of the people who were between the ages of 41 and 65 had underlying health conditions.

Ferrer said when looking at data by community poverty levels, she said people living in areas with high rates of poverty had three times the rate of deaths for COVID-19, 16.9 percent per 100,000 people when compared with people living in communities with very low poverty levels where death rates was 5.5 percent per 100,000 people.

"This data is deeply disturbing, and it speaks to the need for immediate action in communities with disproportionately high rates of deaths," Ferrer said adding this would mean increased testing, better access to healthcare and more accurate and culturally appropriate information about the virus.

Ferrer said the department is investigating 312 institutionalized settings with at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 including investigations at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, shelters, treatment centers, supportive living and correctional facilities.

"I am sad to report that there are 423 residents who lived in institutionalized settings that died from COVID-19 and this now represents 45 percent of all of our deaths here in LA County," Ferrer said. She said the majority of the residents did live in the skilled nursing facilities.

As of Monday, LA County will now require increased testing for all residents and staff working at nursing homes in LA County, with and without symptoms, similar to what the city of LA said it would do.

Over the weekend, the death toll from the virus stood at 913 deaths with 19,528 total positive cases in LA County.

COVID-19 IS LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN LA COUNTY:

In late April, LA Public Health announced COVID-19 had become the leading cause of death in LA County.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer reported an additional 52 deaths Friday. She reported 1,035 new cases today. 

43 people who died were over the age of 65, and 34 of the people who were over the age of 65 had underlying health conditions.

7 people who died who were between the ages of 41 and 65 and all of these people also had underlying health conditions. There was one person under between the ages of 18 and 40 who also had underlying health conditions. 

Ferrer said there were 68 additional deaths Thursday.

On Thursday, she said coronavirus is the leading cause of death - more than heart disease or emphysema. 

KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta reports that Ferrer says an average of 44 people per day are dying from COVID-19 since April 12. For comparison, she notes 31 people per day die from coronary heart disease and 5 people/day die from flu (during flu season) in LA County.

APRIL FIGURES

April saw high, one day totals when it comes to the number of deaths from COVID-19 in LA County.

On Thursday Ferrer, the LA County Health Department Director, said there were 399 new cases of COVID-19. In the last 48 hours, there were 871 new cases.

Ferrer said there were 55 additional deaths Thursday adding it was the highest daily total after reporting high totals on Wednesday and Tuesday.

43 people who died were over the age of 65, and 39 of the people who were over the age of 65 had underlying health conditions. Nine of the people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. All of these people had underlying health conditions.

There are now 10,854 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 455 deaths. She said the LA County mortality rate is 4.2 percent.

She also confirmed 33 cases of homeless individuals.

Ferrer, the LA County Health Department Director, said there were 472 new cases of COVID-19. In the last 48 hours, there were 1,142 new cases.

Ferrer said there were 42 additional deaths Wednesday adding it was the highest number of deaths for any single day that week so far.

24 people who died were over the age of 65, and 13 of the people who were over the age of 65 had underlying health conditions. Eleven of the people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Seven of the people, who were between 41 and 65 of age, had underlying health conditions.

One person who died was between the age of 18 and 40 and also had underlying health conditions, she said.

There are now 10,496 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 402 deaths. She said the LA County mortality rate is 3.8 percent.

She also confirmed 28 cases among homeless individuals, six of whom were sheltered and are isolated.

In April, week Ferrer said there were 40 additional deaths Tuesday adding it was the highest number of deaths she had to report in any single day since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Twenty-five people who died were over the age of 65 and 17 of the people who were over the age of 65 had underlying health conditions. Nine of the people were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Five of the people who were between 41 and 65 of age had underlying health conditions.