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With caveat about weekend reporting lag, L.A. County announces ‘relatively low’ number of new coronavirus cases

Breaking news update: The number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County climbed to 9,420 with 320 deaths Monday. Officials reported another 25 deaths, 11 of them were people 65 and older and all had underlying health conditions. Twelve of them were between the ages of 41 and 65 and 11 of them had underlying […]

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The number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County climbed to 9,420 with 320 deaths Monday.

Officials reported another 25 deaths, 11 of them were people 65 and older and all had underlying health conditions. Twelve of them were between the ages of 41 and 65 and 11 of them had underlying health conditions, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

Another 239 coronavirus cases were confirmed Monday— the lowest one-day increase reported in the county since March 26, according to the county’s public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

“That’s a good thing,” she said, also noting that testing is limited on weekends and therefore less cases are usually reported on Mondays.

The mortality rate from COVID-19 jumped to 3.4% in the county Monday.

Of those who died, 14% were African American, 18% Asian, 33% Latinx, 33% white, according to Ferrer.

As of Monday, 23 people among the county’s homeless have tested positive for the coronavirus, representing a slight increase from Friday. Most of them were unsheltered.

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Los Angeles County officials are set to provide the latest updates on their response to the coronavirus pandemic and the number of known cases Monday.

The county recorded 31 new deaths on Sunday— the largest one-day jump in COVID-19 deaths so far in L.A. County.

There were a total of 9,192 coronavirus cases and 296 deaths across all areas of L.A. County as of Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The health department confirmed 779 new cases over the weekend.

So far, most of the county’s COVID-19 patients have been people with underlying health conditions, authorities said.

The county’s stay-at-home order, initially set to end April 19, was extended through at least May 15. Officials ordered face coverings for all essential workers and told members of the public to also wear face coverings while they’re at essential businesses.

County officials are expected to provide the latest numbers in their daily virtual briefing around 1 p.m. Monday.

Check back for updates on this developing story.