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68% Of New Coronavirus Cases In LA Are In People Under 50

People are seen gathering on the beach south of Newport Beach Pier on April 25, 2020 in Newport Beach, California.

L.A. County public health officials have confirmed 23 new deaths and 1,476 new cases of the coronavirus. Today’s numbers bring the total in the region to 192,167 positive cases and 4,692 deaths.

Among the new cases, 68% were people under the age of 50.

Of the 23 deaths reported today:

  • Seven people were over the age of 80
  • Six were between 65 and 79
  • Six were between 50 and 64
  • Three were between 30 and 49
  • One was between 18 and 29

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, 1,856 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County, with 31% of those individuals in the ICU and 18% on ventilators.

“With increased contact among non-household members, there are many more opportunities for transmission of COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health. “The Health Officer Orders are clear about what we need to do. If we can’t find it in us to follow these mandates, including wearing face coverings, distancing when around others, and not having or attending gatherings with non-household members, we jeopardize our ability to move forward on our recovery journey.”


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Tracking The Apple Fire

A helicopter drops water on the Apple Fire on Saturday. (David McNew/Getty Images)

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Apple Fire (formerly called the Cherry Fire) has burned more than 20,500 acres with 5% containment as of about 8 p.m. Sunday.

The fire is burning in Riverside County, about midway between Beaumont and the San Bernardino County line.

Much of the northern and eastern edge of the fire is in steep, rugged hillsides, which are not accessible to firefighting vehicles. Firefighters will continue to work to slow the spread of the fire using all resources available, including helicopters, fixed wing air tankers, ground equipment and hand-crews.

Close to 2,600 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders. That's estimated to displace around 7,800 people.

Beaumont High School is serving as a temporary evacuation center, where pandemic safety precautions are in place. The Red Cross is also providing hotel rooms for evacuees.


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