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Latest LA County COVID-19 Cases And Deaths

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A car pulls forward to the tent where the COVID-19 tests are administered. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

Two days after the release of a new public health order that reopened more businesses in Los Angeles County, health officials confirmed 17 new deaths related to COVID-19 and 1,003 new cases.

That brings the total deaths in the county to 2,907 and total cases to 73,018. There currently are 1,383 people; 30% in the ICU and 20% of them are on ventilators.

DISPARITY REMAINS

Health officials continue to provide a racial breakdown of the confirmed deaths, based on information for 2,700 of the victims. Here's a breakdown of the proportion of overall deaths by race and ethnicity:

  • 41% Latino / Latina [48.6% of county residents]
  • 11% African American [9% of county residents]
  • 17% Asian [15.4% of county residents]
  • 29% White [26.1% of county residents]
  • “Slightly less than” 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander [0.4% of county residents]
  • 1% identified as belonging to another race or ethnicity

Health officials are now also reporting that data as a rate per 100,000 residents:

  • 52 - Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 34 - African American
  • 33 - Latino/Latina
  • 23 - Asian
  • 18 - White

Today's report also includes another key disparity:

People who live in areas with high rates of poverty have almost four times the rate of deaths for COVID-19, with 56 per 100,000 people, compared with communities with very low poverty levels who had a death rate of 15 per 100,000.


OVERALL LOOK AT LA COUNTY NUMBERS:

Here's a look at longer-term trends in the county. To see more, visit our California COVID-19 Tracker and choose L.A. County or any other California county that interests you. These numbers are current as of Saturday, June 13:

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Sunday, June 14 Protests: Where And When

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Scenes from a protest on 5th and Broadway in Santa Monica on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

The protests over police brutality and systemic racism continue today throughout Southern California.

Here are some we know about (this is by no means an exhaustive list):

CENTRAL LA: Supply point for protesters at Malborough School, 250 S. Rossmore Ave., 10 a.m.

INGLEWOOD: Inglewood Library, march from 101 W. Manchester Blvd. to Inglewood
Cemetery, 11 a.m.

HOLLYWOOD: All Black Lives Matter Pride march, Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave., 11 a.m.

LAGUNA BEACH: Main Beach, 11 a.m.

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Protests at both Huntington Beach Pier and Civic Center, 2000 Main St., noon

LONG BEACH: Caravan starts at Atlantic Ave. and Harding St., 12:30 p.m.

DOWNTOWN L.A.: Defund ICE protest, 150 N. Meyers St., 2 p.m.

LAGUNA NIGUEL: Kings Rd. and Sunshine Dr., 2 p.m.

NEWPORT BEACH: Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Rd., 2 p.m.

SILVER LAKE: Candlelight vigil, Armstrong Ave. and Lake View Terrace, 7:45 p.m.


READ OUR SERIES ON RACE IN LA


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Barger, State Legislators Call For State AG To Investigate Palmdale Death

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An American flag hovers near the tree where 24-year-old Robert Fuller was found hanging in a Palmdale park. (Josie Huang/ LAist)

County and state officials who represent Palmdale are calling for the state Attorney General to investigate the death of a young black man found who was found hanging from a tree in a public park last Wednesday.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department said 24-year-old Robert Fuller appeared to have died by suicide, but family and friends say his death looks more like a lynching.

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger on Saturday sent a letter to the state's top law enforcement official formally asking for an inquiry.

"Today, I asked California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra to conduct an independent investigation into the death of Mr. Robert Fuller," Barger said.


State Senator Scott Wilk and Assemblymember Tom Lackey, both Republicans from the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, also called for Becerra to investigate the death.
The L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner has deferred reporting a cause of death for Fuller, pending further investigation.

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Morning Briefing: It's 2020 And Lynching Still Isn't A Hate Crime

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A memorial at the tree where Fuller's body was found. Josie Huang/LAist

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I don't think I need to explain why the fact that a Black man was found dead, hanging from a tree in the year 2020, is incredibly disturbing.

It's not a coincidence that anti-lynching legislation still hasn't passed in the U.S. Senate; legislation that would, for the first time, designate the act of violence common in Jim Crow America, as a hate crime. The bill is currently stalled due to objections of Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul.

Robert Fuller was planning a trip to Las Vegas. He was excited about the Black Lives Matter Movement. He was 24. We don't know yet how he died, but his family wants answers.

On Saturday, protesters gathered around the tree where he was found to chant his name.

"We sitting here staring at this tree," said Diamond Alexander, Fuller's older sister. "It don't make no sense ... My brother was not suicidal. He wasn't."

Gina Pollack


Robert Fuller's body was found on Wednesday around 4 a.m., hanging from a tree in a park in front of Palmdale's City Hall. The Sheriff's Department said based on the initial results of a coroner's investigation, it was a suicide. But protesters are demanding a full investigation from the state. "If you can suggest suicide, I can suggest a lynching," one of the protesters told reporter Josie Huang.

Protests continued yesterday all over Southern California, from a sunset drum circle in Santa Monica to a march in Echo Park advocating for Black unhoused lives. When you can't express your rage or excitement about the protests with words, we have song recommendations for all the feelings.


Weekend Reads

The first Black "Bachelor" won't save the show from criticism over a serious lack of diversity (among other things). As Eric Deggans writes, "It's a shame that it may have taken a seismic debate over racism in America" to make a change. I suggest dumping The Bachelor and picking up Love Island, which is equally trashy but actually more diverse. (And it's British.) (NPR)

A lot of people are talking about the second wave of the coronavirus. But the first one isn't over yet. And it probaby won't be any time soon. (NPR)

White celebrities might have good intentions, but their social media videos are embarrassing for everyone. They should stop. (The New Yorker)


Moment of Zen

The Klux Busters are here to get rid of some ghosts.


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