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LA County Just Had One Of Its Worst Days Yet In The Coronavirus Pandemic

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In a grim new milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles County just reported its highest count yet in both new cases and hospitalizations. It also reported a sharp spike in deaths.

More than 2,100 people are now hospitalized, and 4,244 new cases have been confirmed, the public health department reported in its daily news release.

In addition, 73 more people have died of COVID-19, which places among the highest fatality numbers we've seen.

That said, the public health department reports the higher numbers could reflect a lag in reporting from the weekend.

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE LATEST FIGURES:

  • 51 people who died were over age 65, and of those 41 had underlying health conditions; 19 of those who died were age 41-65, and of those 12 had underlying health conditions; and one person who died was between 18 and 40 years old and also had underlying health conditions
  • 3,894 people have died so far in the county, including 149 in Long Beach and 100 in Pasadena, which have their own public health departments
  • 2,103 people are currently hospitalized — 27% in the ICU and 19% on ventilators
  • 140,037 positive cases have been reported so far across the county
  • Nearly 1.4 million people have been tested, with 9% testing positive

DEMOGRAPHICS:

The county has demographic information for 99% of those who died.

  • 46% Latino/Latina (48.6% of county residents)
  • 26% White (26.1% of county residents)
  • 15% Asian (15.4% of county residents)
  • 11% African American/Black residents (9% of county residents)
  • less than 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (0.4% of county residents)
  • 1% identifying with other races

CLOSURES:

The public health department reiterated that under revised health orders, the following types of business and locations are closed for indoor activities:

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  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Places of Worship
  • Indoor Protests
  • Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors (see the state's list of critical sectors here)
  • Personal Care Services (including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors)
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Indoor Malls

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