Los Angeles County Becomes Epicenter Of Coronavirus As Deaths And Cases Rise


Coronavirus death toll rose again to 78 in Los Angeles County on Thursday as authorities warned residents that “many weeks of work” were to come before the area could see signs of slowing the spread.

Although cases are increasing throughout the state, Los Angeles County – the most populous in the state – has seen a large number of deaths and new cases. Officials acknowledged the psychological toll of these losses, but said it was essential that people comply with social distancing rules and health guidelines.

“Please do not give up hope, and please do not stop following all of the guidelines you are currently following to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, Director from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.


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The county confirmed 13 new coronavirus deaths Thursday, bringing the death toll to 78. Twelve of the victims were over 65, and all but one had underlying health conditions, said Ferrer. The other deceased was between 41 and 65 and also had underlying health conditions, she said.

Los Angeles County officials also announced 534 new cases of COVID-19. Long Beach, which has its own health unit, has announced 14 new cases, bringing the city total to 153. There have been 49 confirmed cases in Pasadena, which also has its own health unit. Thursday evening, there were more than 4,000 confirmed cases in L.A. County. The daily number increased by more than 1,000 in 48 hours.

“The psychological impact of the increased number of cases and deaths is real, both individually and collectively, and I urge everyone to take care of their emotional health and to consult frequently with members of your larger communities Said Ferrer. “It will be a long journey, and we have many weeks of work before we start to see the benefits of our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to march through California, the number of cases in the state jumped to more than 11,000 on Thursday – the number of deaths reaching 240. Of these cases, 40% occurred in LA County

When coronavirus started in California, the focus was on Santa Clara County, where an epidemic led to a series of deaths that triggered the start of unprecedented social distancing.

But now, Los Angeles County has become a new epicenter. Here’s how other countries compare:

Santa Clara 36 deaths; 1019 cases
San diego 16 deaths; 966 cases
Orange 13 deaths; 656 cases
Riverside 14 deaths; 493 cases
San Mateo 10 deaths 453 cases
San Francisco 7 deaths; 450 cases
Alameda 9 deaths; 396 cases
Sacramento 9 deaths; 341 cases
San Bernardino 8 deaths; 304 cases

In the midst of the outbreak, authorities continue to urge the public to continue unprecedented social distancing measures while rushing to get more supplies to hospitals due to the increasing number of patients.

The rapid spread of the virus has raised new concerns about the ability of the state’s health care system to manage the influx of patients. Many California hospitals and local medical centers are struggling with shortages of supplies in the midst of a rush to prepare for what should be a flood of patients in the weeks to come.

Although the number of infections continues to swell across the state, Governor Gavin Newsom said he believed the state’s social distancing efforts had made a difference.

“The number of intensive care units and the number of hospitals, although increasing, are not increasing as significantly as in other parts of the country,” he said on Thursday. “We did not come out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination. “

Newsom said 816 patients are in intensive care and 1,922 were hospitalized Thursday from COVID-19 in California.

The governor also announced that Californians would not have their water cut due to unpaid bills during the coronavirus crisis, and those who had already turned it off since March 4, when the state’s coronavirus emergency entered in force, will have their service restored.

Newsom’s directive comes in response to calls from environmental justice organizations to help low-income residents facing mounting financial pressures.

“People are under enormous economic pressure and the last thing they need to worry about now is not having access to water,” said Steve Fleischli, senior director of water initiatives to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Santa Barbara County recorded its first death from the virus on Wednesday. The person was in his 60s and had underlying health conditions, said public health officials.

Orange County had its biggest one-day increase in coronavirus infections on Wednesday, as authorities announced 107 new cases and three more deaths. Authorities added 56 cases to the list and three deaths on Thursday, bringing the county’s death toll to 13.

Terrell Young, deputy to the Riverside County Sheriff, died of complications from the coronavirus, the department announced on Thursday. He had served in the department for 15 years and was his first member to succumb to the virus.

Fry came from Los Angeles, Myers and St. John from northern California.


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