LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH PRESS RELEASE:
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 10 new deaths and 815 new cases of confirmed COVID-19. The lower number of cases and deaths reflects reporting delays over the weekend.
Daily COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline to levels not seen since the beginning of the pandemic. There are 692 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 29% of these people are in the ICU. In late August, over 1,100 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. For comparison, hospitalizations peaked to over 2,200 in mid-July.
The number of daily hospitalizations represents how many people are currently seriously ill from the virus and the potential demand put on our hospitals to care for COVID-19 patients. Fewer daily hospitalizations also reflect decreased COVID-19 transmission.
COVID-19 continues to be widespread in L.A County. To date, Public Health has identified 267,801 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 6,514 deaths. Upon further investigation, two cases reported earlier were not L.A. County residents.
Because COVID-19 is widespread, Public Health urges everyone to avoid crowded places, and close contact with others not in your household. Everyone should always wear a face covering securely over their nose and mouth and maintain six feet distance between yourself and people not in your household. Businesses must continue to follow Public Health directives and implement all requirements in the business protocols.
“I extend my sincere condolences to L.A. County residents that are grieving the loss of a loved one to COVD-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “I’m grateful that so many people are doing their part to protect their fellow neighbors, workers and family members from COVID-19, and it is clear that the actions people are taking have reduced the number of people hospitalized and dying. We still have a ways to go, but our most recent data shows us that the more people use the tools at our disposal, the more we decrease transmission. With less community transmission, it is significantly safer to continue our recovery journey and consider measured opportunities for a small number of additional re-openings.”
Of the 10 new deaths reported today (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena), six people that passed away were over the age of 80, three people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Nine people had underlying health conditions including five people over the age of 80 years old, seven people between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, one person between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and two people between the ages of 30 and 49. Two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.
Ninety-two percent of the people who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 6,130 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 51% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 23% among White residents, 15% among Asian residents, 10% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races.
Testing results are available for more than 2,636,000 individuals with 9% of all people testing positive.
The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Data Dashboard, Recovery Metrics, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.