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Two more Pasadenans dead from coronavirus as of Wednesday

Meanwhile, there were significantly fewer newly confirmed cases than previous days, but it’s unclear exactly why.

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Another two Pasadenans have died due to the coronavirus, Pasadena officials announced Wednesday, April 15, bringing the city’s death toll to 14.

On average, Pasadena has lost more than one person each day since the first death was reported on Friday, April 3.

Still, there were fewer newly confirmed cases reported Wednesday — only five were reported overnight, bringing the city’s total to 184, according to city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.

That’s a dramatic shift from the past two weeks, when the city often saw twice as many COVID-19 cases confirmed overnight. It’s unclear if this is an early indication that social distancing efforts are working or if there’s an alternate explanation, such as a testing or reporting quirk.

Pasadena’s public health director, Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, could not be reached for comment.

Pasadena health officials announced investigations into four additional nursing homes on Tuesday, each purported to have at least one confirmed case of coronavirus. By Wednesday, however, officials weren’t as certain about at least one of the facilities.

The test results of a potential coronavirus patient living at the Legacy Care Center were called into question after further investigation, Derderian said.

“The test was not a validated test, so we are not accepting it as a lab confirmed positive” at this time, Derderian told this newsgroup. The city’s public health department was “retesting to be sure.”

In Los Angeles County, officials reported 42 new coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday, again marking the most deaths in a single day since the pandemic began. A total of 402 people in L.A. County have lost their lives to the virus.

The county also reported 472 new cases, bringing the total number of laboratory confirmed cases now at 10,496 people, representing an ongoing “leveling off” of the case numbers that the county has experienced for the past 10 days or so, according to county Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

Staff writer David Rosenthal contributed to this report.