L.A. County Records 694 New Coronavirus Cases and 29 Deaths


Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 694 new cases of coronavirus and 29 additional deaths.

“To the many people who are deeply saddened to lose someone they love because of COVID-19, we are deeply sorry,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health, in a statement.

Long Beach, which has its own public health unit, has reported 27 more cases of the virus, bringing the county total to 38,001 cases and 1,821 deaths.

The number of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals remained at 1,648, 26% of whom were in intensive care and 19% on ventilators.

The measure is one of many that authorities are monitoring closely to determine when to ease the additional stay-at-home restrictions.

On Sunday, a total of 309,000 people had been tested for the coronavirus and had received their results, of which about 11% were positive. The figure was up 11,000 from the previous day, but still suggests the county is not meeting its target of 15,000 tests per day.

Although the overall number of cases continues to increase in L.A. County, the rate at which new cases are reported appears to have stabilized, even as tests have increased. The average number of deaths reported daily has decreased slightly. And L.A. has so far avoided a surge in hospital admissions that could potentially overwhelm the healthcare system, as seen in other places like New York.

Officials hope these trends will continue as more and more people venture out to visit the recently reopened beaches, parks and hiking trails, as well as retailers who have resumed curbside pickup services.

“More people will not be able to leave their homes now that we are in the early stages of our recovery journey, and that means there will be more chances of coming into contact with asymptomatic people infected with COVID- 19, “said Ferrer.

She reminded everyone with an underlying health problem to continue staying at home as much as possible and to contact a health care practitioner immediately if you feel unwell.

“It is also a good idea to talk to employers and friends and let them know that you are more at risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19,” she said.


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