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Six dead in Pasadena due to coronavirus on Wednesday, highest 1-day total yet

It’s the most deaths the city has seen in a single day.

Pasadena lost six more residents to the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, April 29. It’s the most deaths the city has seen in a single day since the outbreak began.

A total of 42 residents have died thus far; most have been residents or employees of elder care facilities, including the six dead on Wednesday.

Previously, Pasadena’s deadliest day had been Monday, April 20, when officials reported five deaths from the weekend, which included fatalities reported on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Days earlier, on April 17, officials reported four deaths in a single day.

Until Wednesday, this was the high-water mark for coronavirus-related deaths.

Meanwhile, health officials reported 10 newly confirmed cases of the virus among residents, sending the city’s total to 383.

An analysis from this newsgroup found that four out of five newly confirmed cases in the city are associated with elder care facilities. That trend held true on Wednesday as all 10 newly confirmed cases were found to be associated with the facilities.

That’s according to Pasadena’s newest coronavirus dashboard, released late Tuesday. Analyzing the data reveals which facilities saw new cases on Wednesday.

Keep in mind, however the total number of cases reported below will add up to more than then 10 newly confirmed cases on Wednesday. That’s because local health officials are now counting non-Pasadena residents who live or work in the facilities in these figures, though not in the city’s total number of infected residents.

  • Rose Garden Healthcare Center, which reported no active cases to the state one week ago, is reporting eight new cases overnight among its staff and 16 new cases among its residents. The facility has seen a total of 20 staff cases and 30 resident cases since the outbreak began.
  • GEM Transitional Care Center saw three new cases Wednesday, all among residents.
  • Pasadena Meadows Nursing Center, also known as Huntington Post Acute, reported two deaths overnight and saw one new case among residents.
  • Pasadena Grove Health Center reported one death overnight and saw six new cases split evenly among staff and residents.
  • Villa Gardens reported one death and one new case among residents.

In Los Angeles County, officials reported another 56 deaths from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday they adjusted their predictions upward slightly for how many hospital beds the county could need in the weeks ahead as they weigh when and how to ease “Safer at Home” orders.

Additionally, the county’s death toll reached 1,056 on Wednesday. At the same time, officials reported 1,541 new confirmed cases, which Public Health Department Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said was the result of additional testing at nursing homes and a backlog of test results from the weekend.

“You all have seen that on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, our numbers can be higher,” Ferrer said.

There have now been 22,485 confirmed cases countywide of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, a large portion of which have recovered — though Ferrer said Wednesday they lack good data to determine exactly how many have gotten better.

The figures did not include the latest from Pasadena. The county tends to lag one day behind the city due to the timing of their respective reports.

Staff writer David Rosenfeld contributed to this report.