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People Under 41 Account For More Than Half Of LA's New COVID-19 Cases

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L.A. County public health officials on Sunday confirmed 11 new deaths and 2,848 new cases of coronavirus, with 53% of new cases occurring in people under the age of 41. The latest numbers bring the total in the region to 155,887 positive cases and 4,095 deaths.

Of those who died:

  • Eight people were over the age of 65
  • Three were between 41 and 65
  • All 11 had underlying health conditions

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

  • 11% African American [9% of county residents]
  • 15% Asian [15.4% of county residents]
  • 47% Latino / Latina [48.6% of county residents]
  • 26% 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

At the moment, 2,216 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County, with today seeing the highest number of new hospitalizations in a single day. Of those patients, 26% are in the ICU and 19% are on ventilators.
"We continue to reach concerning milestones," said Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health. "Right now, young adults are being hospitalized at a rate not seen before. No matter how young you are, you are vulnerable to this virus."

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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared on CNN Sunday morning and said the city is "on the brink" of closing down again. He admitted that the city opened up too soon, but said municipalities are at the mercy of directives from the county and the state.

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