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Sunday update: August 9, 2020
Los Angeles County health officials confirmed 10 additional deaths and 1,789 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The latest figures do not include backlog from the recently released state. Those backlog numbers are expected to be added to the total in the coming days. The virus continues to affect younger residents of the county, with 69% of new cases reported on Sunday occurring in people under the age of 50.
SATURDAY UPDATE: Aug 8, 2020
Los Angeles County health officials confirmed 51 more deaths and 2,645 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
The total number of the county is 206,761 cases and 4,967 deaths.
While the latest numbers are high, hospital admissions have continued to decline, officials said. There were 1,610 COVID-19 patients confirmed hospitalized; 31% of cases are confirmed in the ICU.
FRIDAY UPDATE: August 7, 2020
Los Angeles County public health officials on Friday confirmed an additional 53 deaths and 3,116 new COVID-19 cases.
Officials note that the number of reported cases may not be accurately reflected as the glitch resulted in a backlog of between 250,000 and 300,000 untreated health records across California, many of which are results. test.
Officials say the problem has been corrected, but handling the backlog is expected to take 24 to 48 hours.
However, other important metrics that track the county’s coronavirus status, such as hospital admissions and deaths, were not affected by the reporting issue.
There are now 1,680 people hospitalized for the virus, which officials say daily hospitalizations are on the decline. These figures are compared to last week, when the county reported more than 2,000 hospitalizations per day.
THURSDAY UPDATE: August 6, 2020
The city of Los Angeles is working to add more small test locations across the city. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the latest effort is to partner with test company Curative to add small kiosks to local residences, which will make the test experience almost like using a machine. self-service sales. The company is running a test program with Berkeley kiosks right now. Another plan to add testing will be through mobile trucks that run around the city to provide test service.
Meanwhile, LA County passed the 200,000 case mark and nearly 5,000 deaths. The county reported 3,290 new cases on Thursday and 48 new deaths. Some of these new cases are the result of a backlog of results from a laboratory. Nearly 1.86 million people were tested in LA County with a positive rate of 10%.
The county opened thousands of investigations into businesses and others that violated health protocols and closed orders, and closed 27 bars and restaurants as well as 76 other businesses like nail salons. and gym.
FOURTH UPDATE: August 5, 2020
Frustrated by reports of a big party at a hill mansion, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new measure to crack down on party organizers and other venues that violated medical orders.
If a large party held at home or a business violates medical orders, the Department of Water and Electricity will be allowed to close utility services at the property, Garcetti said.
The shutdown will take place after police verify a large illegal party is being held. Shutdown can take up to 48 hours.
“These big house parties have essentially turned into hill nightclubs,” says Garcetti.
Garcetti pointed out the orders not to be aimed at small gatherings in the house.
“These focus on those who are determined to break the rules, pose significant public dangers, and are a threat to all of us,” Garcetti said.
The mayor made the announcement as he also said more than 1 million coronavirus trials were conducted in the city of Los Angeles and 1.8 million in the county. The positive rates on those tests were about 10% in the county and 7.1% in the city. Overall, he said, the city is seeing a drop in cases and hospitalizations since its mid-July peak.
WEEKLY UPDATED: August 4, 2020
LA County COVID-19 cases were underreported due to a state technical issue, but the issue did not affect hospital admissions data, which county officials said continued to decline. .
A group is currently conducting contact with 81 laboratories to get results of coronavirus tests from 26/7 to now in order to obtain the exact number of positive cases during that time period. Officials say they are implementing a system for laboratories to report positive test results to the “instantaneous” department to ensure accurate quantities and help identify traces.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s top health official, said on Tuesday a technical problem caused a delay in tallying the coronavirus test results of California.
“This issue has underestimated the positive County cases and affected the number of COVID-19 cases reported per day and our contact tracking efforts,” said the Department of Public Health. plus said LA County.
The delay will not delay test results for patients, officials added, as test results are reported directly to providers and hospitals.
“The Public Health has been recording problems with the State’s electronic laboratory reporting system for about two weeks,” said the county. “After the data reporting issues are fixed, the number of expected cases increases.”
District officials said the hospitalization data was not affected by the technical breakdown. The confirmed cases in the hospital were 1,757, and 31% of them were in the ICU. Last week, the number of patients admitted daily in the last week was more than 2,000 patients.
“Los Angeles County hospital admissions data is still down, and we continue to be cautiously optimistic that our efforts over the past few weeks could start to slow the spread,” said Chief Medical Officer Barbara Ferrer. “.
SECOND UPDATE: August 3, 2020
Officials said on Monday that after a disturbing increase in coronavirus cases in mid-July, LA County began to see a slight drop in numbers. The county’s overall case rate is still higher than at the beginning of July and is still high enough to be on the state watch list – but it’s not as bad as it was about two weeks ago, county chief of health, Dr. Barbara Ferrer said.
The county started in July with an average of about 2,300 new cases a day, she said. That number then skyrocketed to more than 3,000 cases per day in mid-July. But by the end of the month, the average dropped to about 2,500 cases per day. Ferrer says it’s an indicator that business shutdowns and hiding enforcement measures are helping to curb the spread.
Based on the county’s population, the case rate was about 355 per 100,000 – down from last week, when it was 400 per 100,000. But to get rid of the state’s watchlist, the number would have to be less than 100 cases per 100,000, she said.
“We still have many ways to reduce transmission in the community,” said Ferrer.
Sunday update: August 2, 2020
Los Angeles police officers are doing their part to slow the spread of the coronavirus, distributing the veil on Hollywood Avenue on Sunday morning.
The police department said this was an opportunity for officers to educate the public about the importance of wearing face masks.
Several other local cities apply fines to anyone not wearing a mask.
And on Sunday, health officials reported an additional 23 coronavirus deaths and 1,476 new cases in Los Angeles County. To date, officials have confirmed a total of 192,167 positive cases and a total of 4,692 deaths.
Meanwhile, in an effort to ramp up the COVID-19 test, the city of Los Angeles has deployed pop-up test centers across the city, including a new center outside William Mead Homes near Chinatown. .
Community members can walk to the sites between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the free test.
The Chinatown test site is promoted by LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, who represents an area of LA that has been particularly hit by the virus.
INVOLVE: LA County updates from July are available here.
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