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Coronavirus has deadliest day yet in Pasadena on Tuesday

Additionally, the city is investigating outbreaks at four more nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

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Pasadena has lost another three people to the new coronavirus, city officials announced Tuesday, April 14, marking 12 total deaths among city residents in 11 days.

The first death was reported on April 3.

Five females and seven males have died, according to an email from city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. All were between the ages of 49 and 93 and were either residents or employees at long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

No other details will be provided, Derderian said, although health officials have said they will contact anyone who is believed to have been exposed to the virus.

Four additional area nursing homes are under investigation, officials also announced Tuesday. The facilities are California Convalescent Hospital, Foothill Heights Care Center, Legacy Care Center and Pasadena Grove Health Center.

All of these businesses have at least one confirmed case of coronavirus among their employees or residents.

Including the latest additions, the city currently has 13 active investigations into institutional settings like these and assisted living facilities.

Another 15 COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Tuesday, bringing the city’s total to 179 patients, although some have recovered.

Among those, 47.5% of patients were younger than 60 years old.

Cases jumped 40% over the weekend, Pasadena officials reported on Monday.

In Los Angeles County on Tuesday, officials saw the area’s deadliest day yet, reporting 40 new deaths overnight, pushing the county’s death toll to 360.

The total number of cases broke 10,000 on Tuesday as officials reported 670 new patients on Tuesday.

Pasadena’s latest figures were not yet included in either the total death count or case numbers. The county has typically added Pasadena’s figures one day after the city reports them. 

The county’s latest figures, which officials believed to represent a leveling off in the rate of new cases after a less active weekend of testing and reporting, arrived as public officials said the county and indeed the state are entering a new phase in the strategy against this pandemic.

But until therapeutic treatments and a vaccine are available, some form of social distancing will nonetheless be required, according to county Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

“I do want to remind everyone that we are not yet on the other side of this pandemic,” Ferrer said. “We are going to need to keep up our efforts to avoid a surge on L.A. County hospitals. We need to continue what we’re doing.”

Staff writer David Rosenfeld contributed to this report.