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Pasadena sees first coronavirus deaths not connected to long-term facilities

Additionally, 63 new cases were reported on Monday, the biggest weekend jump yet.

Until this past weekend, all of Pasadena’s coronavirus-related deaths were associated with long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Now, the city has lost its first two COVID-19 patients who were neither employees nor residents of the facilities, officials said on Monday, April 27.

Five residents died between Saturday and Monday — three who were associated with long-term care facilities and two that were not — bringing the city’s death toll to 34.

Of the deceased, 19 were men and 15 were women, according to city data. All were between the ages of 49 and 98 with underlying health conditions.

Additionally, over the weekend, 63 more Pasadena residents were confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus. It’s the largest weekend case jump Pasadena has seen thus far, as the city often reports Saturday, Sunday and Monday’s cases after the weekend.

The previous record is from April 13 when the city reported 47 new cases.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County passed the grim milestone of 20,000 coronavirus cases on Monday when officials revealed that close to 2,000 health care workers countywide have tested positive — a 26% increase since last week — and 11 have died.

Not surprisingly, nurses comprised the majority of the those front-line workers who fell victim to COVID-19, their employers evenly split between nursing homes and hospitals.

“To the families we very much mourn with you,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Your loved ones dedicated themselves to helping others, and in doing so, they saved many lives. To all those on the front lines, we owe you are our deepest gratitude.”

The figures arrived as the county announced 26 additional deaths on Monday, bringing its death toll to 942 people. Both Pasadena and Long Beach operate their own public health departments.

Staff writer David Rosenfeld contributed to this report.