2,347 New Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

August 6, 2020

 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 68 new deaths and 2,347 new cases of COVID-19.  Residents between the ages of 18 and 49 years old make up nearly 60% of new COVID-19 cases, with residents between the ages of 30 to 49 years old driving most of these reported cases. 

 

Residents between the ages of 30 and 49 years old have the highest case rate among all age groups in LA County. Since the beginning of June, case rates for this group nearly tripled to a high of 1,122 cases per 100,000 population on July 24.

 

Younger residents are also being hospitalized more than before. People between the ages of 30 and 49 years old account for 25% of hospitalized patients in the County. Patients between the ages of 18 and 29 years old now account for more than twice the proportion of all hospitalizations than they did in April. These patients now match the hospitalization rate of people aged 80 years old or older. By comparison, hospitalizations of those 80 years old or older have fallen by half since a peak in April.

 

There are 1,768 confirmed cases currently hospitalized and 31% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU.  This continues to be lower than the daily hospitalizations of over 2,000 patients reported last week. 

 

To date, Public Health has identified 197,912 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 4,825 deaths.  The majority of all cases have occurred among people between the ages of 18 and 49 years old with over 109,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

 

Public Health anticipates receiving a backlog of cases once the State electronic laboratory system issues are fixed. This issue has undercounted the County's positive cases and affects the number of COVID-19 cases reported each day and our contact tracing efforts. Data sources that track other key indicators, including hospitalizations and deaths, are not affected by this reporting issue.

  

Of the 68 new deaths, 23 people that passed away (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) were over the age of 80 years old, 24 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 17 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and three people who died was between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Fifty-two people had underlying health conditions including 17 people over the age of 80 years old, 20 people between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 13 people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old,  and two people between the ages of 30 and 49 years old, One death was reported by the City of Pasadena.

 

Ninety-two percent of the people who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 4,520 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 49% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 24% among White residents, 15% among Asian residents, 11% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 49 cases and one death reported earlier were not LA County residents.

 

Testing results are available for over 1,839,000 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive. 

 

“I send my heartfelt condolences to all those grieving for their loved ones lost to COVID-19," said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We all know that COVID-19 can affect all of us, no matter how young we are. It can also cause a ripple effect that ends up infecting those among us that we love. A young person going to a party can then go back home and infect their parents or older relatives, causing them great harm. So I really encourage everyone, especially younger adults to think about this when deciding whether to see a group of friends at a party or staying home and visiting their friends virtually. We can and will one day get to the point where hanging out with a group of friends is possible - but we aren’t there yet.”

 

The State is expected to soon release information on when colleges and universities can re-open for in-classroom instruction.  In the interim, Public Health released a comprehensive set of draft protocols to guide colleges and universities with planning activities toward the eventual return to in-person instruction. The protocols touch on all aspects of campus life, from on-campus housing, to classrooms, to the dining commons. This includes infection control practices, like regular sanitizing of common spaces, consistent use of face coverings in all areas of the campus, and the reconfiguration of campus spaces, including dorms to enable physical distancing. Like other workplaces, they will have to screen their employees and students for COVID-19 and quickly notify the department when clusters of cases occur to help stop the chain of transmission.  Because college and university campuses exist in the middle of larger communities, significant attention needs to be paid to steps that institutions take to protect community residents from exposures that originate on a campus; this includes good communications, support for community mitigation strategies, and minimizing risky actions.

 

The State announced the reopening of youth sports earlier this week and released their guidance for the safe operation of youth sports leagues. Youth sports and physical education are permitted only outdoors, and tournaments, events and competitions are not allowed. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times and for sports that require closer contact, only conditioning and skill building is permitted.  Masks are not required when outside engaging in activities that require physical exertion.   Adult, amateur team sports are not permitted at this time. 

 

Yesterday, Public Health announced that it will adhere to new guidance from the California Department of Public Health, which recommends that Counties with case rates at or above 200 cases per 100,000 residents do not extend waivers for the re-opening of classroom instruction for students in grades TK- 6. Because Los Angeles County’s case rate currently is 330 per 100,000, waiver applications will not be considered at this point in time.

 

Given the current delays, the department urges any person with a positive lab result to call 1-833-540-0473 to connect with a public health specialist who can provide information about services and support. Residents who do not have COVID-19 should continue to call 211 for resources or more information.

 

The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

 

Please see additional information below:

 

Total Cases

 

Laboratory Confirmed Cases

197912

 

-- Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)*

187527

 

-- Long Beach

8362

 

-- Pasadena

2023

 

Deaths

4825

 

-- Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)

4537

 

-- Long Beach

178

 

-- Pasadena

110

 

Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

 

 

- 0 to 4

2758

 

- 5 to 11

6111

 

- 12 to 17

7777

 

- 18 to 29

46445

 

- 30 to 49

65062

 

- 50 to 64

36491

 

- 65 to 79

14644

 

-  over 80

7128

 

-  Under Investigation

1111

 

Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

 

 

-  Female

93256

 

-  Male

91048

 

-  Other

79

 

-  Under Investigation

3144

 

Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

 

 

-  American Indian/Alaska Native

176

 

-  Asian

5960

 

-  Black

5325

 

-  Hispanic/Latino

65470

 

-  Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

609

 

-  White

14212

 

-  Other

24514

 

-  Under Investigation

71261

 

Hospitalization (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

 

 

-  Hospitalized (Ever)

13470

 

Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

 

 

-  American Indian/Alaska Native

12

 

-  Asian

676

 

-  Black

479

 

-  Hispanic/Latino

2207

 

-  Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

18

 

-  White

1100

 

-  Other

28

 

-  Under Investigation

17

 

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

120

575

City of Alhambra

955

1101

City of Arcadia

348

603

City of Artesia

239

1423

City of Avalon

5

129

City of Azusa

1106

2210

City of Baldwin Park

2103

2739

City of Bell

1194

3286

City of Bell Gardens

1439

3341

City of Bellflower

1757

2260

City of Beverly Hills

547

1585

City of Bradbury

13

1216

City of Burbank

1047

977

City of Calabasas

207

851

City of Carson

1331

1418

City of Cerritos

425

849

City of Claremont

261

715

City of Commerce*

424

3244

City of Compton

2983

2986

City of Covina

998

2035

City of Cudahy

847

3479

City of Culver City

330

828

City of Diamond Bar

404

702

City of Downey

3110

2722

City of Duarte

382

1735

City of El Monte

3288

2804

City of El Segundo

97

578

City of Gardena

899

1466

City of Glendale

2466

1194

City of Glendora

996

1888

City of Hawaiian Gardens

388

2644

City of Hawthorne

1462

1647

City of Hermosa Beach

152

773

City of Hidden Hills

6

317

City of Huntington Park

2175

3656

City of Industry

27

6178

City of Inglewood

2107

1855

City of Irwindale

54

3701

City of La Canada Flintridge

129

623

City of La Habra Heights

30

550

City of La Mirada

646

1302

City of La Puente

1109

2725

City of La Verne

331

995

City of Lakewood

933

1161

City of Lancaster*

2222

1375

City of Lawndale

485

1443

City of Lomita

176

849

City of Lynwood*

2518

3495

City of Malibu

83

640

City of Manhattan Beach

272

756

City of Maywood

1055

3761

City of Monrovia

546

1407

City of Montebello

1695

2633

City of Monterey Park

662

1063

City of Norwalk

2448

2275

City of Palmdale

2747

1728

City of Palos Verdes Estates

75

555

City of Paramount

1804

3220

City of Pico Rivera

1796

2794

City of Pomona

3920

2514

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

229

536

City of Redondo Beach

418

608

City of Rolling Hills

5

258

City of Rolling Hills Estates

31

382

City of Rosemead

628

1135

City of San Dimas*

379

1098

City of San Fernando

646

2625

City of San Gabriel

433

1057

City of San Marino

58

437

City of Santa Clarita

2274

1032

City of Santa Fe Springs

386

2102

City of Santa Monica

658

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