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Pasadena Reports First Two COVID-19 Deaths; Parking Now Closed Near Rose Bowl

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FILE: An exterior view of the Rose Bowl (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Pasadena is reporting the city's first two deaths related to COVID-19. So far, 58 people have tested positive in the San Gabriel Valley's largest city.

City of Pasadena spokeswoman Lisa Derderian says one of the fatalities was a resident in a Pasadena nursing home, and the other was a staff member there. Both suffered from underlying health conditions. She told us:

"We are seeing more cases in our senior nursing facilities and we do have many of them in the city. And for the most part we have orders not to move any of the residents in those facilities, no visitors."

Derderian says Pasadena is working with Huntington Hospital on plans for a pop-up medical center for overflow COVID-19 patients. And Pasadena librarians who usually teach sewing classes have turned to producing cloth masks for city employees.

The city hopes to announce a new testing site in Pasadena sometime next week. she said. One positive note: Derderian said that because Pasadena hosts so many events and is used to managing large crowds, the city is well poised to put up and run satellite sites.

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One possible location could be the Rose Bowl. Reminder: The Rose Bowl loop is closed and officers have had to chase people away. To keep people away, parking around the Rose Bowl is now banned.

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