L.A. Reports 81 New Coronavirus Deaths, Highest Day Total

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Los Angeles County reported 81 new deaths from COVID-19, the county’s highest daily death toll from the disease, on Saturday.

“Today is a very sad step for our county,” said Barbara Ferrer, county public health director, in a statement. “We are reporting the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in the day since the start of the pandemic, and our deepest condolences go to all those who mourn the loss of their loved ones.”

In the past week, deaths among residents of L.A. County have roughly doubled and now number more than 570, she said.

Among the most recent deceased, 56 were over 65, 18 were 41 to 65, and one was 18 to 40, said Ferrer. Sixty-three of the people had underlying health problems.

The county also announced 642 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday. Long Beach, which has its own health service, reported a new death and 30 new cases on Saturday, for a total of 12,051 cases and 577 deaths in L.A. County.

“We are particularly concerned about the overwhelming number of residents residing in our nursing homes who have died,” said Ferrer, noting that she has requested state and federal support to keep homes safe. medical care.

“This includes the demand for additional staff and PPE [personal protective equipment], increased capacity to test residents and staff, and improved infection control capacity in nursing homes, “she said.

Rest homes have become a tragic hotbed of the coronavirus pandemic, along with their elderly residents, many of whom have underlying health conditions, responsible for a high percentage of deaths from COVID-19 across the country.

For the first time, California Department of Health officials detailed the names of nursing homes across the state on Saturday with COVID-19 outbreaks and the number of cases in each facility.

California Department of Health List Names 261 qualified nursing homes across the state with more than 3,000 positive cases among residents and staff. The health service website said the list was a snapshot representing 86% of the state’s 1,224 specialized nursing homes that have reported data in the past 24 hours.

The increase in the number of cases in Los Angeles County comes as officials continue to redouble their efforts to improve access to testing.

More than 76,000 residents were tested and received their results on Saturday, of which about 14% were positive, said Ferrer.

New test sites will open Monday at Bell, Beverly Community Hospital in Montebello and PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital in MacArthur Park, said county supervisor Hilda Solis.

A driving test site at PIH Health Whittier will also open on Monday, county officials said on Saturday. Any resident with symptoms of COVID-19 can make an appointment, they said.

People will stay in their cars for tests, which they will administer by rubbing their throats using the instructions provided on site, officials said. Results will be delivered within two to three days, the county said.

“Increasing our testing capacity and ensuring easy access to testing for residents helps us understand the spread of this virus and will be essential to ease restrictions when the time comes,” said the county supervisor, Janice Hahn, in a press release.

For the time being, the county home stay order remains in effect, and officials say it is essential that residents continue to comply in order to slow the spread of the virus. In the city of Los Angeles and many others, residents are also required to wear masks when they leave their homes to visit grocery stores, pharmacies and other establishments to take advantage of essential services.

Several cities in Orange County have adopted similar rules requiring face covers.

In Brea, a gift of an accessible face mask while driving resulted in such traffic congestion on Saturday that the police closed the lane and advised people to take alternative routes.

The gift took place at AST Sportswear on Imperial Highway near Kraemer Boulevard, Brea Police said on Twitter. The company is said to have distributed 20,000 masks.

Orange County recorded four additional deaths and 63 new cases on Saturday, for a total of 1,556 cases, including 32 deaths. A total of 155 people were hospitalized, including 59 in intensive care units. As of Saturday, 17,616 people had been tested, including 1,245 between Friday and Saturday alone, the county reported.

People in Riverside County must wear a face cover when they leave their home for any reason. The county reported on Saturday five more deaths and 145 more cases of coronavirus for a total of 72 deaths and 2,602 cases. Of these, 215 people were hospitalized, including 69 in intensive care units. A total of 32,779 residents were tested on Saturday.

Authorities have also banned public and private gatherings of any size and banned short-term accommodation establishments from operating until June 19.

County officials on Friday reminded people to avoid recreational travel to mountain communities. In particular, they warned that Sheriff’s deputies would keep a close eye on the town of Idlyllwild this weekend after the office of County Supervisor Chuck Washington received complaints from residents who had seen visitors on the weekend. previous.

“I was deeply disturbed to learn that people manifestly challenged state and county house orders last weekend and endangered the health and safety of residents of Idlyllwild “Washington said in a statement. “I asked Sheriff Bianco to pay special attention to the mountain areas this weekend and to be on the lookout for non-essential visitors. “

Statewide, 87 more people died in the 24-hour period ending Friday evening, bringing the total death toll to 1,072 in California, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Saturday.

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“For those who think we are out of the woods … I warn you based on this number 87,” Newsom said. “This is one of the highest deaths the state has experienced since the start of this process.”

By Friday evening, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in California had risen to 3,221, an increase of 1.3% from the previous day. A total of 1,173 of these patients were in intensive care units, down 0.1% from the previous day, Newsom said.

Officials view these statistics as key indicators of whether the state’s social distancing rules make a difference and how soon they can be relaxed.

“I am referring to the numbers of hospitalizations and critical care as very, very important numbers in determining when we can start relaxing home care orders,” said Newsom. “We certainly flattened the curve. The question is when are we going to see these numbers start to decrease consistently, as opposed to an episodic basis as we have seen over the past week. “

Newsom had advice on Saturday for people upset by the orders, some of whom began organizing public protests, including one on Friday in Huntington Beach.

“I just want to encourage people to practice your freedom of expression, which I don’t [just] kiss, I’m celebrating, do it safely, ”he said. “This virus has no political ideology. He doesn’t know if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, that you support the President, that you oppose the President, so practice physical distance. “

The governor has declared that he will not be swayed by public protests when he decides to reopen the state.

“We are going to do the right thing, not judge by politics, not by protests, but by science. “

At least one county was already canceling some closures forced by the pandemic.

Ventura County reopened county parks at 5 p.m. Friday. Playgrounds, tennis courts, community centers, campgrounds and golf courses remained closed.

County officials said in a press release that they were able to reopen public spaces because residents “were very cooperative in complying” with public health orders to stay at home.

“This is a step on the road to reopening,” said Mike Powers, county general manager, in a statement.

As of Friday afternoon, Ventura County had reported 396 cases and 13 deaths.



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