LA County Announces 11 New Deaths Related to COVID-19
LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 11 new deaths and 513 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Nine of the 11 deaths reported today occurred in people over the age of 65, one person was between 41– 65 years old; and one was person between 18 – 40 years old. All reported underlying health conditions except for two individuals over the age of 65. Additional information regarding some of the new cases is pending further investigation. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 1061 new cases.
To date, Public Health has identified 3518 cases across all areas of LA County, including 65 deaths. Upon further investigation, 11 cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 733 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (21% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.
Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and capable of spreading the virus to others. New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that we need to think about using universal precautions all the time – assuming that each of us can infect others even when we aren’t sick.
“Our sadness is not diminished by the daily frequency of announced deaths related to COVID-19, and reminds us of our need to work together to protect each other,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. “The hard truth is we have some difficult days ahead as we work tirelessly to flatten the curve of this horrible virus. Though the end may not be as close as we’d like, if we all continue to do our part to slow the spread by staying home, social distancing, self-isolating when we are positive or presumed positive, and self-quarantining if we are close contacts of a positive case, we will get to the end of the COVID-19 crisis more quickly, together.”
Published Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 | 02:54 PM