Today Marks Highest Number of Coronavirus Deaths In A Single Day In LA County, 81 Total
Today has been the deadliest in Los Angeles County since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Public Health confirmed 81 new deaths and 643 new cases. That's almost double what it was last week -- the highest previous daily death count was 55, reported on April 16.
Over the past 48 hours, there have been 1,209 new cases of the virus, putting the total in L.A. County at 12,021. As of midday Saturday, the county reported 576 coronavirus-related deaths.
Of those who died in the past 24 hours:
- 56 were over the age of 65
- 18 were between the ages of 41 and 65
- 1 was between the ages of 18 and 40
- 63 had underlying health conditions (89% of deaths)
In addition, two deaths were reported by the city of Long Beach; four were reported in Pasadena.
More than 76,000 people in L.A. County have been tested for COVID-19; 14% tested positive.
"Today marks a very sad milestone for our county," said Barbara Ferrer, Director of L.A. County Public Health. "Our deepest condolences go out to each and every person grieving the loss of their loved ones."