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COVID-19 Map: Confirmed Cases Top 9K In LA County
Note on the data you see when clicking on a bubble: Confirmed cases include presumptive positive cases | Recovered cases outside China are estimates based on local media reports, and may be substantially lower than the true number | Active cases = total confirmed - total recovered - total deaths.
WHERE WE STAND
L.A. County today reported 323 new cases and 31 new deaths, marking another rise in the mortality rate which is now just over 3%. There have been at least 9,192 total confirmed cases here. Local authorities on Friday expanded stay home orders until May 15, saying they believe physical distancing has been working.
The local case report comes the day after, the United States passed Italy for the most confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the world.
The U.S. is among a number of countries experiencing large-scale epidemics. The map above shows cumulative confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries and is updated in near real-time throughout the day. Zoom out to see more of the world.
Below are the recent totals for the United States, followed by the 10 countries with the most reported cases of COVID-19. Italy, Spain, Germany, and now France are all reporting more confirmed cases than China, where the outbreak began late last year, but whose reported numbers have since greatly slowed.
These numbers are changing rapidly and experts have warned that confirmed cases are far under the actual total of infected individuals. For more detail check the full tracker, which includes death tolls and projections of cases on the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering site. Engineers there are collecting data from:
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- European Center for Disease Prevention and Control
- National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China
- Local media reports, local health departments, and the DXY
Statewide, our friends on the L.A. Times data desk are tracking cases in California by surveying "numbers released by the dozens of local health agencies across the state." As of about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the newspaper is reporting California has:
- 23,287 confirmed cases
- 681 deaths
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In Sunday's news release, L.A. County public health officials gave a demographic breakdown of the deaths so far, with the caveat that they currently only have that data for 240 of the 296 people who have died. [We have added overall demographic estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau for comparison.]
Here's what they're reporting about the residents who died:
- 33% Latino or Latina [48.6% of county residents]
- 32% White [26.1% of county residents]
- 19% Asian residents [15.4% of county residents]
- 14% African American residents [9% of county residents]
- 2% Residents identifying with other races
At a press briefing Friday, L.A. County public health officials said they decided to extend stay home until May 15 after studying different scenarios for the spread of COVID-19 in the nation's most populous county.
"It's because it is working," Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. "We know it's effective, but we still have a ways to go. In order to both protect the lives of people who live in our county, and to make sure that our health care system remains fully able to service all who need their care."
As of the latest updates Sunday:
- 9,197 cases
- 296 deaths
- 1,277 cases
- 19 deaths
- 314 cases
- 10 deaths
- 1,619 cases
- 41 deaths
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
- 887 cases
- 31 deaths
As new cases continue to be confirmed, Californians are continuing to be under "safer at home" and "social distancing" orders. State and county officials have ordered the vast majority of Californians to strictly limit interactions with other people, wash hands frequently, and stay 6 feet away from others.
Remember, the goal of social distancing is to "flatten the curve" of COVID-19's spread.
HOW CALIFORNIA CASES COMPARE
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LA County: 323 New Cases And 31 Deaths, Highest Single-Day Death Toll So Far
L.A. County saw its highest single-day jump in coronavirus deaths Sunday, although the number of newly confirmed cases has been somewhat lower than in recent days. County health officials said 31 more people have died and 323 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed.
Of the 31 newly reported deaths, 25 people were over the age of 65 and six were between the ages of 41 and 65. Sixty-five percent of those who died had underlying health conditions.
Sunday’s numbers bring county totals to 9,192 confirmed cases and 296 deaths. Of overall deaths, 83% had underlying health conditions. About 24% of those testing positive were hospitalized at some point during their illness.
The county presented statistics on the ethnic and racial backgrounds of 240 of the people who have died. The numbers show that, thus far, Latinos are underrepresented in terms of deaths compared to population size, while whites, Asians and African Americans are overrepresented:
- 33% Latino or Latina (who make up 48.6% of county residents)
- 32% white (26.1% of county residents)
- 19% Asian (15.4% of county residents)
- 14% African American (9% of county residents)
- 2% other
We should note that in other parts of the country, Latinos have been overrepresented in the COVID-19 death toll. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released data on hospitalizations showing a racial disparity in who is getting sick enough to need in-patient care. And NPR reports that preliminary data from New York City officials show the Latino community there has been hardest hit by deaths.
L.A. County officials also said that four cases they had included in earlier reports were found to not be residents of L.A. County, so the figures have been corrected.
Barbara Ferrer, the county's director of public health said in a statement.
"As many Angelenos celebrate the Easter holiday today, I want to acknowledge those families that are grieving the loss of a loved one associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who are experiencing loss, illness, and distress today.”
Overwhelmed? Here Are Some Ways To Ask For Help
Feeling stressed and overwhelmed during the pandemic? Well, you're not alone. Many are struggling with the feelings that come with illness, isolation, and losing a job.
That's why L.A. County's Department of Mental Health Services has added extra staff to its 24-hour crisis hotline.
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer says now is the time to reach out.
"We can be physically apart from each other, but socially, we need to connect. oftentimes, just being able to connect with each other takes away some of the isolation of being so alone and not having your job, which for many of us is also part of our identity."
Ferrer says regular exercise can help fight depression and anxiety — and she recommends taking walks. Online courses can also provide stimulation and a feeling of productivity.
But Ferrer says, ultimately, it's important to ask for help. For 24-7 assessment, referrals, and emergency crisis counseling, people in Los Angeles County can call 1-800-854-7771. And nationwide, help is at nami.org.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO ASK FOR HELP
Sometimes it's just not feasible to navigate the tricky anxiety, depression, isolation and trauma by yourself. For those who have underlying mental health conditions, for those who have experienced past traumas, for people on the frontlines in medicine, and for people who are lonely, this moment can be especially tough. But there are a number of free, confidential resources to turn to for help. Here are a few:
- Steinberg Institute website, links to mental health resources and care throughout California, https://steinberginstitute.org/links-research-care/
- Institute on Aging's 24/7 Friendship Line (especially for people who have disabilities or are over 60), 1-800-971-0016 or call 415-750-4138 to volunteer. https://www.ioaging.org/services/all-inclusive-health-care/friendship-line
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
- The Crisis Text Line, Text "HOME" (741-741) to reach a trained crisis counselor.
- California Psychological Association Find a Psychologist Locator,
- Psychology Today guide to therapists, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists
Some psychologists will work with people for free or reduced rates, if needed, given the challenging times.
Far Fewer Homes Are For Sale In LA, But Virtual Tours Are Up 400%
One part of the economy feeling the effects of the pandemic is real estate. According to new data from the listing service Zillow, the market has significantly slowed during the fallout from coronavirus.
Zillow economist Jeff Tucker says new listings in Los Angeles are just a quarter of what they were a year ago.
Sellers have definitely gotten the memo that hey, buyers are kind of pulling back right now. And now sellers are pulling back. Everyone's kind of taking a wait and see approach to see you know, just how much economic damage is going to be caused, how long is it going to last.
The national average of new Zillow listings is just a couple of percentage points behind the L.A. area. Virtual home-tours however are up more than 400%.
Tucker says property prices have stayed the same so far, and with L.A.'s highly competitive housing market, it would take a big dent such as mass foreclosures to significantly lower the market.
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Why May 15? A Top LA County Doctor Explains Where We Are On Flattening The Curve
L.A. County has extended its stay-at-home order through May 15th to try to keep the number of coronavirus cases as low as possible.
The order was originally set to expire April 19th.
Dr. Christina Ghaly, the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, says we are bending the curve, but if physical distancing doesn't continue:
"We would project that by middle of the summer, virtually all residents in Los Angeles County would have been exposed or infected with COVID-19. The projections show that up to 96% of people would have been exposed and we know that for every hundred people exposed, 3% of those people need hospitalization. And 1% of those people need ICU care."
Doctor Ghaly says that shows just how quickly our hospitals could be overwhelmed if we ease up on the restrictions now.
She added that even with the measures in place now, every positive COVID-19 case is infecting at least one other person and sometimes up to two or three people.
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The 'Perverse Effect' Of The Racial Disparity In Coronavirus Death Rates
NPR's Ron Elving, who has covered politics for many years, takes a look at how the racial and geographic disparities in the coronavirus pandemic reflect a deepening political divide in the U.S.
Even as public officials this week decried the racial disparity and its link to social conditions, the emergence of the issue also had a perverse effect. It apparently made it easier for some people living farther away to see the virus as someone else's problem.
That is where the issue of racial disparity in death rates highlights the overall difference in the way America is experiencing COVID-19. And that difference largely follows the dividing line between urban and rural America.
Virtual Easter Services In LA, Cedars-Sinai Study And More
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The sun came out Saturday, surely tempting many of you to take physically-distant-compliant walks in your neighborhoods. It was a welcome break after six straight days of rain.
The good news? As we reported earlier this week, we are now above the average rainfall for Southern California.
We hope everyone is finding ways to connect with family and friends and, for those celebrating Easter, a way to worship remotely.
THE PAST 24 HOURS IN L.A.
L.A., California And The World: There are 8,889 cases of coronavirus in L.A. County, and 267 people have died. In California, there are more than 22,211 confirmed cases, 630 deaths, and the number of cases worldwide has reached 1.7 million.
Possible Treatment? Cedars-Sinai is among dozens of sites around the world participating in a clinical trial of the drug Remdesivir. A small trial of an experimental antiviral drug has shown encouraging results, the hospital announced yesterday.
Stay-At-Home vs. Economic Loss: A new survey conducted by Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles found 95% of Los Angeles residents support local stay-at-home orders, even as 58% of those surveyed say their income has been reduced somewhat or significantly.
Honk If You Love Jesus: On Easter Sunday, church gatherings of any sort are restricted in L.A. County. In Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties, churches plan to host drive-up services.
Help For Hospital Workers: Mayor Eric Garcetti announced financial help for hospital workers who need child care. Options include a $100 stipend per shift, free referrals or child care at L.A. Parks and Recreation Centers.
Non-COVID-19 news: We're remembering the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission with a short story from Tom Hanks.
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