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More than 100 people died of coronavirus in LA County this weekend

The county’s total number of cases hit 12,341 as of Sunday, April 19.

Los Angeles County health officials reported Sunday that another 24 people had died from the novel coronavirus, marking more than 100 people who have lost their lives because of the virus over the weekend.

Among those who deaths were reported Sunday, 16 were over the age of 65, all but three of whom had underlying health conditions. Four people who died were between the ages 41 and 65. All but one had pre-existing conditions. And three people were between 18 to 40 died, all of whom had underlying health problems. One death was reported by the city of Long Beach.

Sunday’s tally did not include an additional death reported in Long Beach that afternoon, bringing that city’s total number of deaths to 22.

The second death of an inmate at the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institute was also reported Sunday though it was unclear whether that death was included in the county total.

Roughly 89% of all those who have died from the virus in LA County had underlying health conditions. The total number of deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has more than doubled over the past week to 600.

On Saturday, 81 people were reported to have died, the highest number since the outbreak began. Deaths related to COVID-19 reported throughout the week ranged from a low of 25 on Monday to a high of 55 on Thursday until this weekend’s tally.

“Though there are promising signs that collective efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 are working, we are sad to report today that more Angelenos have lost their love to COVID-19, and their loved one are in our hearts as they mourn,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

Also on Sunday, the health department reported an additional 334 new confirmed cases, bringing the county’s total number of cases now to 12,341. Many of those people have recovered; On Monday, officials are expected to unveil additional data.

Roughly 27% of people with confirmed cases have needed hospitalization at some point during their illness. As of Sunday, 3,387 had visited a hospital, though roughly half that were currently hospitalized. The county had tested more than 79,000 individuals as of Sunday, a rate that still does not reach 10,000 people per day as officials set as a goal earlier this month.

Race and ethnicity data now available in 94% of all fatal cases show that African Americans are disproportionately affected. Latinos represented 36% of the county’s death toll, whites 29%, Asians 17%, African American 16% and 2% identifying with other races. African Americans represent roughly 9% of LA County’s population and Asians about 14%.

On Saturday, the California Department of Public Health reported that 148 skilled nursing facilities in the state had reported coronavirus cases among residents and staff. The list did not include assisted living facilities and other residential care settings previously identified by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. On Thursday, Ferrer said that 1,963 cases had been confirmed at 209 institutional settings, which included skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities, treatment centers and correctional institutions.

Los Angeles County health officials confirmed on Friday there were 77 cases of COVID-19 in the county’s jail system, the majority of them staff members. The LA County Sheriff’s Department has reported at least 13 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 with more than 900 inmates quarantined, as of Thursday. At least 50 cases were at state prisons in LA County, where one staff member had died.

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