The LA County Department of Public Health has confirmed 29 new deaths and 900 new cases of the Coronavirus.
“The increases in deaths represent our family members, friends and neighbors including front-line essential workers, who have passed away from COVID-19,” said LA County Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “To all who are grieving, you are in our thoughts and prayers, and we are so sorry for your loss. Healthcare workers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they put themselves at risk everyday so that we all can receive excellent care. We owe them a debt of gratitude and the protection and equipment they need to do their jobs safely. They are our heroes.”
To date, county health officials have identified 20,417 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County.
In total, 942 people have died.
Ninety-two percent of the fatalities had underlying health conditions. According to demographics in 865 cases — 98 percent of the cases — 37 percent of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 28 percent among white residents, 18 percent among Asian residents, 14 percent among African-American residents, 1 percent among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1 percent among residents identifying with other races.
African Americans, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and people living in communities with high levels of poverty continue to have high rates of death per 100,000 people infected with Coronavirus when compared to other groups.
As of today, 4,403 people who tested positive for Cornavirus —23 percent of positive cases — have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for almost 124,000 individuals and 14 percent of people testing positive.
The department will launch an interactive dashboard that will provide an overview on COVID-19 testing, cases and deaths along with maps and graphs showing testing, cases and death data by community poverty level, age, sex and race/ethnicity.
In the deaths reported on Monday, 25 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and three people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Nineteen people had underlying health conditions including 18 people over the age of 65 years old and one person between the ages of 41 to 65 years old.
The department is reminding everyone that if you are ill, even with mild symptoms, please self- isolate at home for seven days and until you are fever and symptom free for 72 hours. If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for Coronavirus or is presumed to be infected with the virus, you must quarantine for 14 days from your last contact with that individual.
Individuals who are elderly or who have underlying health conditions may be at higher risk of serious illness and should contact their doctor as soon as they are sick. The best protection against COVID-19 is to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, self-isolate if you are sick, practice physical distancing (especially by staying at home) and wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household.