In what could be one of the best days for Pasadena since the outbreak started, local health officials reported no new coronavirus deaths and only two new cases involving Pasadena residents on Wednesday, April 22.
Pasadena has reported multiple deaths almost every single day since the first two were reported April 3.
In total, the city has lost 28 residents to the virus. The two new cases reported Wednesday bring the city’s total to 263 patients.
Wednesday’s low counts come after weeks during which two or more residents were reported dead every day and newly confirmed cases hovered in the low double-digits. On Tuesday, April 21 alone, 12 new cases were announced along with three more deaths.
On Monday, Pasadena’s death toll surpassed that of Long Beach, the other city in Los Angeles County that operates its own health department, even though the port city has three times the population of Pasadena and twice the number of total cases.
It’s unclear what Wednesday’s decline means. Pasadena’s health director Dr. Ying-Ying Goh did not respond to a request for comment ahead of publication.
In Los Angeles County, however, officials said new modeling showed the “Safer at Home” orders are working. Area hospitals would be able to adequately meet the needs of patients with the most severe cases of COVID-19, they said — but only if the county’s 10 million residents continue to adhere to “Safer at Home” orders for at least the next three weeks.
Even so, the positive prognosis for “flattening the curve” arrived on the fourth-deadliest day for the county since the crisis began: 66 new coronavirus-linked deaths brought the county’s total to 729 people.
This includes Pasadena’s latest deaths from Tuesday.
The county currently has more than 16,430 cases of coronavirus among residents.
Staff writer David Rosenfeld contributed to this report.