LA County Announces 440 New Cases Of Coronavirus, 18 New Deaths
L.A. County health officials confirmed 440 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, and 18 new deaths. Of the 18 people who died:
- 13 were over the age of 65
- 4 were between the ages of 41 to 65
- 1 was between the age of 18 to 40
The youngest victim did not have any underlying health conditions.
Sunday’s update brings the total number of coronavirus cases in L.A. County to 19,528, including Pasadena and Long Beach, which have separate public health departments. The update brings the total number of deaths to 913.
Among those who died, for whom information is available:
- Latino/a: 37%
- White: 28%
- Asian: 18%
- African American: 14% were
- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- residents identifying with other races: 1%
African Americans have the highest rate of death compared to other groups. Individuals living in lower-income communities are three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those in wealthier areas.
“The most difficult part of the COVID-19 pandemic is losing people to the virus. To all of you who have lost loved ones, we are deeply sorry,” said Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County’s director of public health. “As we have more information about who is dying, we are reminded that the work ahead requires that we address issues of disproportionality that result in higher rates of death among African Americans, Latinx and Asians as well as residents living in poverty.”