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LA County Reports 1,703 New Cases Of COVID-19

Courtesy Los Angeles Department of Transportation

L.A. County public health officials have confirmed 1,703 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 new deaths attributed to the disease. Today’s numbers bring the total in the region to 173,995 positive cases and 4,360 deaths.

Of the 10 deaths reported today:

  • Three people were over the age of 80
  • Three were between 65 and 79
  • One was between 50 and 64
  • One was between 30 and 49
  • Seven had underlying health conditions

Among all reported COVID-19-related fatalities in L.A. County, 92% had underlying health conditions. Information about race and ethnicity is available for 99% of people who have died:

  • 11% African American [9% of county residents]
  • 15% Asian [15.4% of county residents]
  • 48% Latino / Latina [48.6% of county residents]
  • 25% White [26.1% of county residents]
  • 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander [0.4% of county residents]
  • 1% identified as belonging to a different race or ethnicity

At the moment, 2,033 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County, with 31% of those individuals in the ICU.

“The actions each of us take affect the lives of others, including the very people we rely on to protect us — first responders and healthcare workers,” said Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health. “This pandemic has been tragic for many and frustrating and exhausting for most. We know the sooner we get back to slowing the spread, the sooner we can move forward on our recovery journey.”


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Oprah's Winfrey Foundation Awards $3 Million For Job Retraining In South LA

Oprah Winfrey's foundation is providing $3 million for job retraining scholarships.

A $3 million donation from Oprah Winfrey's charity will go to South Los Angeles residents who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus.

Two hundred scholarships will be awarded to people who have lost their income from layoffs or furloughs caused by the pandemic.

The Winfrey Foundation selected a handful of groups that provide relief to Black and Latino communities in South L.A., such as SoLa Impact's COVID Recovery and Retraining Recovery Fund.

CEO Martin Muoto says the scholarships are intended to "retool or retrain for jobs that would be in high demand post-COVID. So, particularly in healthcare and in technology."

Muoto says recipients are expected to give back to the community by volunteering as health ambassadors or tech mentors.

Scholarships will be awarded now through the end of the year. Eligibility and online application are at the South LA Forward website.

LAFD And LAPD Suffer Covid Losses

The Los Angeles Fire Department is mourning the death of firefighter Jose Perez from COVID-19. LAFD

The Los Angeles Fire Department has lost its first member to the coronavirus.

Jose Perez died Saturday. The 44-year-old firefighter and paramedic had been with the department for more than 16 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

The Los Angeles Police Department has also lost its first sworn officer to COVID-19. Valentin Martinez, who died Friday, was 45 and had served for 13 years. He is survived by his partner who is pregnant with twins.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced flags will be flown at half staff in honor of Martinez and an Alameda Sheriff's deputy who died from COVID-19 last week.

Since the pandemic began, more than 400 LAPD employees and 145 L.A. Fire Department employees have tested positive for the virus.