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COVID-19 Cases Near 6,000 In LA County; More Mobile Testing Sites To Open This Week

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A man rides his scooter past a sculpture of a quarantined earth in Venice during the coronavirus pandemic on April 4, 2020. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images
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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today confirmed 663 new cases of the coronavirus and 15 new deaths.

Eleven of those victims had underlying health conditions and 10 were over 65, officials said.

Nearly 1,375 cases have been reported in the past 48 hours, bringing the countywide total to 5,940. There are now 132 total deaths, L.A. County Public Health said in news release sent Sunday afternoon.

Of the patients with positive tests, 1,257 have been hospitalized, representing 21% of all cases.

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Officials cautioned that:

"Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and capable of spreading the virus to others."

To date, about 31,000 people have been tested for coronavirus and 14% have tested positive. Another big jump in testing capabilities are expected next week.

L.A. County officials have warned that with more tests we will have higher numbers of positive cases. At the start of the pandemic here, fewer than 50 people a day were being tested. Now it's closer to 7,000 with a goal of getting to 10,000 daily tests next week.

Officials also announced they will open more drive-up mobile testing sites this coming week, including new locations at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, and in East Los Angeles and Santa Clarita.

County officials added that it was "in discussions with AltaMed to bring several urgent care facilities into the County’s testing network in underserved areas."

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More information and a full list of drive-up mobile testing locations is available here.


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