Los Angeles Announces 18 New Deaths Related to Coronavirus



The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 18 new deaths and 484 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Twelve people who died were over the age of 65 years old and three people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Ten people had underlying health conditions including nine people over the age of 65 years old and one person between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Three deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.



To date, Public Health has identified 31,677 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,530 deaths. Ninety-two percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 1,412 people (99 percent of the cases); 38% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 29% among White residents, 19% among Asian residents, 12% among African American residents, 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. African Americans, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and people living in communities with high levels of poverty continue to have the highest rate of death per 100,000 people for COVID-19 when compared to other groups. Upon further investigation, four cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 5,410 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (17% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for over 245,000 individuals and 11% of people testing positive.


"Each day, we report these numbers knowing that there are people who are grieving their loved ones who have passed away from COVID-19.  To all of you, we are so deeply sorry for your loss,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As we begin our recovery journey, we are grateful for all you have done to get us to this point. More than ever, we all need to continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and to, most importantly, save lives.”

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