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Pasadena reports 3 coronavirus deaths, 12 new cases on Tuesday

28 Pasadenans have died in 19 days.

Pasadena health officials reported an additional three coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday; a total of 28 Pasadena residents have lost their lives to the virus.

Additionally, the city announced 12 newly confirmed cases, bringing the city’s running tally to 261 patients.

Since the first two deaths were reported on Friday, April 3, Pasadena has only seen one day in which no new deaths were announced. The city’s death toll continues to pull ahead of Long Beach, a city that also operates its own public health department but whose population is three times that of Pasadena. It has 24 deaths.

Pasadena Public Health Department Director Ying-Ying Goh expressed condolences during Monday’s City Council meeting: “In a community of our size, this international pandemic has rapidly become personal, many of us with friends and family who have fallen ill.”

All of the city’s fatal cases have involved employees or residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities. The patients ranged in ages, from 49 to 98, with 17 men and 11 women who have succumbed to the disease.

Additional details about the new cases were sparse.

As of Tuesday evening, the city had not updated its coronavirus dashboard, which was still reporting last week’s results. Officials have been using the tool to deliver statistical breakdowns and new investigations into long-term care facilities.

When the tool was released last week, city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said it would only be updated weekly, though it’s seen at least three updates since it was launched.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles County, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer reported another 46 deaths related to the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, April 21, plus 1,400 new confirmed cases.

While acknowledging the enduring heartbreak for loved ones of the victims,  Ferrer called the county’s trend line a “plateau,” rather than a spike.

“That seems to be the pattern not just in our county but others in California,” Ferrer said, noting that L.A. County has thus far not attained the alarming death rates projected by some experts early in the crisis. At the time, officials feared that such an eruption of cases could have overwhelmed the health care system.

“Rather than a steep rise,” Ferrer said, “we have continued to live on a plateau with little rises and little dips.”

Among the additional 1,400 confirmed cases, 880 test results were attributed to a backlog at test labs, Ferrer said, including from those labs that don’t report their data electronically.

Nonetheless, Ferrer and other county leaders said Tuesday they were no closer to lifting the stay-at-home orders.

Staff writer David Rosenfeld contributed to this report.