“This is the most dramatic increase in deaths that we have seen since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, and our condolences go out to all those affected by these heartbreaking losses,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer , county public health director. “Although COVID-19 can infect people of all ages, most of the deaths we see continue to occur among people over 65 with underlying health conditions.”
Ferrer called on local residents to offer support to the elderly and others she described as “vulnerable” to COVID-19.
“Now, more than ever, we must unite as a community to protect this vulnerable population by ensuring that they can stay at home and take all the precautions,” she said. “These are tough times, but we are a caring Los Angeles county and we will succeed together. “
Of the 28 people who died, 21 had underlying health conditions and 17 were over 65,
officials said. Two of the over 65s had no underlying health conditions. Nine people
deceased were aged 18 to 65.
Ferrer said the county tests about 7,000 people a day. As the new numbers rose on Saturday, she noted that results were often long overdue.
The new figures bring the total number of cases in the county since the start of the epidemic to 5,277 and 117 deaths, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website.
The City News Service contributed to this report.