COVID-19 continues to take its toll on South Pasadena as the number of cases continues to rise. As of Thursday, 224 residents have been stricken with the virus.
Of that total, there have been 25 reported deaths in the city.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed 68 new deaths and 2,347 new cases of the coronavirus. Individuals between the ages of 18 and 49 years old make up nearly 60% of new COVID-19 cases.
Health officials say residents between the ages of 30 and 49 years old have the highest case rate among all age groups in LA County.
Nearly 198,000 positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified across all areas of L.A. County with 4,825 deaths.
Of the 68 new deaths, the Public Health Department reports 23 who died (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) were over the age of 80 years old, 24 people who passed away were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 17 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and three people who died was between the ages of 30 and 49 years old.
LA Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned against attending parties, saying large gatherings such as parties are prohibited and unsafe under coronavirus restrictions. “I send my heartfelt condolences to all those grieving for their loved ones lost to COVID-19,” said Ferrer. “We all know that COVID-19 can affect all of us, no matter how young we are. It can also cause a ripple effect that ends up infecting those among us that we love. A young person going to a party can then go back home and infect their parents or older relatives, causing them great harm. So I really encourage everyone, especially younger adults to think about this when deciding whether to see a group of friends at a party or staying home and visiting their friends virtually. We can and will one day get to the point where hanging out with a group of friends is possible – but we aren’t there yet.”
Ferrer said large gatherings are simply not allowed under the current health officer order. “Because they create a lot of risk for transmission at activities that really are not essential. These parties and gatherings with people not in your household hurt all of us as we try to reduce our case rates so we can get our children back to school and get other adults back to their jobs,” said the key health official.