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LA County Officials Report 830 New Cases Of COVID-19
L.A. County public health officials have confirmed 830 new cases of the coronavirus and four new deaths attributed to the disease.
Today’s numbers bring the total in the region to 299,760 positive cases and 6,993 deaths. Currently, there are 785 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County. Of those, 29% are in the intensive care unit.
Officials believe the deaths reported today are low, because of reporting delays over the weekend.
In L.A. County, people ages 30-49 have experienced the most number of cases.
To date, more than 3,029,000 people have been tested in the area, and 9% of those people have tested positive.
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, Oct. 24:
You Can Watch The LA County Vote Operation Live Via Web Cam
Voting centers are open for early in-person ballot casting, but a record number of vote-by-mail ballots have already been received across California.
In Los Angeles County, Registrar Dean Logan said last week that in order to handle the volume, mail-in ballots are being processed at the Pomona Fairplex. The public can see for themselves how those ballots are being handled.
"We have two exhibit halls there, and those are open for public observation," said Logan during a news conference on election security. "We also run a livestream video on our website ... if people wanted to just pop in and take a look and see the kind of precision and care that's taken in the processing of ballots, we think it's really important to demonstrate that."
The Pomona Fairplex's livestream vote-count cam
Local voters have several other options as well. Vote boxes have been placed around the county, and ballots dropped in those now are collected daily.
The status of vote-by-mail ballots is available online where you can track your own ballot.
As of Friday, more than 6.5 million mail-in ballots had already been received by county registrars across California. In-person voting began Saturday in L.A. County, where election officials reported more than 31,000 early in-person voters on the first day.
While California allows mail-in ballots to begin to be tallied 7 business days prior to election day — no results are released until the polls close on Nov. 3.
Logan says about 230 voters were identified from the burned ballot box and issued new ballots. Voters have also called into a hotline set up for anyone who dropped their ballot within the fire window.
Totally different voting model than what was used in 2016, so no direct data to compare for early voting. One data point to look at -- in the primary on day one of early voting 5,596 votes were cast compared to 31,685 yesterday.— Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (@LACountyRRCC) October 25, 2020
At our Voter Game Plan you can find:
- Key dates and deadlines related to the election.
- Key races we're following in Orange and L.A. counties.
- A guide to ballot propositions and special measures.
- FAQs about the election and voting-by-mail.
- News stories about the election.
- Your customized ballot.