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Coronavirus Cases In LA County Top 45K

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Los Angeles freeways in the age of COVID-19. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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L.A. County public health officials have confirmed 940 new cases of the coronavirus and 14 new deaths, bringing the total in the region to 45,017 positive cases and 2,106 deaths. Of those who died:

  • 10 were over the age of 65
  • 2 were between the ages of 41 to 65

Among those who have died in L.A. County, 93% had underlying health conditions. Information about race and ethnicity is available for 99% of people who have died:

  • 12% African American [9% of county residents]
  • 17% Asian [15.4% of county residents]
  • 40% Latino / Latina [48.6% of county residents]
  • 29% 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

As of today, 14% of people who have tested positive for the virus have been hospitalized. Testing capacity continues to increase in the region, with testing results available for nearly 465,000 individuals and 8% of people testing positive.
“For the people who are mourning a loved one who has passed away from COVID-19, we think of you every day and we wish you healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health.

“Together, the L.A. County community has made progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19, as demonstrated in the decreasing numbers of daily hospitalizations and deaths. Please remember, the job we continue to do to protect each other will affect how many new cases, new hospitalizations and new deaths we will see several weeks from now.”

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State officials have set a variety of metrics counties need to hit to move forward with additional phases of reopening. These include:

  • No more than a 5% increase in hospitalizations over seven days
  • And EITHER less than 25 coronavirus positives per 100,000 residents
  • OR less than 8% positive tests

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