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L.A. County Continues to See Decreases and Stabilizing of Key Indicators


The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues seeing decreases and stabilizing of key indicators, including daily hospitalizations and deaths.

There are 1,341 confirmed cases currently hospitalized and 33% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU. In the last month, daily hospitalizations have decreased by 37%, from 2,219 in mid-July to 1,388 in mid-August.

Today, Public Health reports 19 new deaths and 1,185 new cases of COVID-19. In late July, the average daily reported deaths was 43. Now, in mid-August, Public Health is seeing an average of 30 reported deaths per day.

To date, Public Health identified 223,131 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 5,273 deaths. Upon further investigation, four cases reported earlier were not L.A. County residents.

Public Health still anticipates receiving backlog cases from the state electronic lab report (ELR). Data sources that track other key indicators, including hospitalizations and deaths, are not affected by this reporting issue.

Of the 19 new deaths, seven people that passed away (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) were over the age of 80 years old, five people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, four people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, two people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. Thirteen people had underlying health conditions including six people over the age of 80 years old, three people between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, two people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, one person between the ages of 30 and 49 years old, and one person between the ages of 18 and 29 years old.

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 4,960 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 50% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 24% among White residents, 15% among Asian residents, 10% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races.

Testing results are available for more than 2,093,000 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have suffered the loss of someone they love to COVID-19. We are so sorry for your loss," said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. " The data suggests we are heading in the right direction in reducing transmission of the virus, and it is a testament to all of the residents and businesses who understand and take to heart their role in getting us to the other side of this pandemic with fewer cases, illnesses and deaths. Across the country and here in LA County we have seen many reports of gatherings for parties, weddings, worship services and other celebrations resulting in a participant unknowingly infecting other attendees. These gatherings, especially when they are indoors, have significant potential for infecting many people. We all want to be with others - it is natural to want that connection. But non-essential activities carry with them a lot of unnecessary risk, and could easily result in the tragedy of someone becoming very ill and even passing away. Wearing a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth, avoiding gatherings, keeping physical distance from others when you are out of your home, and frequently washing your hands are activities proven to help slow the spread --- but we all must do them and be diligent."

The state is monitoring all counties on six indicators to determine their progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. These indicators include testing capacity, how much transmission of the virus is happening in a community, how many people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, and the capacity of hospitals to care for people with COVID-19 with adequate numbers of available Intensive Care Unit beds and ventilators. LA County is meeting five of the state’s six indicators. To meet all six indicators, Public Health has to lower the case rate; this is the number of positive cases in LA County per 100,000 people over a 14-day period. Currently, the County's 14-day cases per 100,000 people is 295, which is significantly higher than the state’s threshold of having fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 people.

The state monitors all counties closely on these indicators to understand their progress on controlling the transmission, to provide technical assistance to counties who need it and to ultimately make decisions about how counties can proceed with re-openings.

Public Health has been engaged in contact tracing since the first cases arrived this spring and the department continues contact tracing, even as the number of cases have increased over the summer. Since the beginning of August, completed case investigation interviews have increased 20% from 63% of cases completing the interview to, as of this weekend, 75%.

Throughout the COVID-19 response, Public Health has issued isolation and quarantine orders to almost 230,000 people infected with the virus or exposed to it. Of those, 177,959 were isolation orders to people who have been infected and 51,418 were quarantine orders to close contacts of infected people.

The COVID-19 contact tracing program will continue to be in place as long as this virus continues to spread. Obtaining as much information as possible from people during the case investigation interview helps contain this virus.

Given past ELR 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

223131

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

211264

-- Long Beach

9637

-- Pasadena

2230

Deaths

5273

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

4972

-- Long Beach

190

-- Pasadena

111

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

- 0 to 4

3323

- 5 to 11

7344

- 12 to 17

9204

- 18 to 29

52122

- 30 to 49

72900

- 50 to 64

41013

- 65 to 79

16294

- over 80

7763

- Under Investigation

1301

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

- Female

105614

- Male

102328

- Other

90

- Under Investigation

3232

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

188

- Asian

6687

- Black

6098

- Hispanic/Latino

75390

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

666

- White

16001

- Other

26361

- Under Investigation

79873

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

14783

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

12

- Asian

743

- Black

501

- Hispanic/Latino

2479

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

16

- White

1178

- Other

31

- Under Investigation

12

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

128

613

City of Alhambra

1057

1219

City of Arcadia

408

706

City of Artesia

273

1625

City of Avalon

5

129

City of Azusa

1269

2536

City of Baldwin Park

2426

3160

City of Bell

1357

3735

City of Bell Gardens

1646

3822

City of Bellflower

2016

2593

City of Beverly Hills

579

1677

City of Bradbury

13

1216

City of Burbank

1182

1103

City of Calabasas

220

904

City of Carson

1514

1613

City of Cerritos

482

963

City of Claremont

309

847

City of Commerce*

487

3726

City of Compton

3398

3401

City of Covina

1151

2347

City of Cudahy

954

3918

City of Culver City

352

883

City of Diamond Bar

465

808

City of Downey

3466

3033

City of Duarte

431

1958

City of El Monte

3777

3221

City of El Segundo

110

655

City of Gardena

1014

1654

City of Glendale

2777

1345

City of Glendora

1093

2071

City of Hawaiian Gardens

449

3059

City of Hawthorne

1669

1880

City of Hermosa Beach

178

905

City of Hidden Hills

7

370

City of Huntington Park

2446

4112

City of Industry

29

6636

City of Inglewood

2451

2158

City of Irwindale

60

4112

City of La Canada Flintridge

144

696

City of La Habra Heights

32

587

City of La Mirada

728

1468

City of La Puente

1265

3108

City of La Verne

377

1133

City of Lakewood

1054

1312

City of Lancaster*

2616

1619

City of Lawndale

543

1615

City of Lomita

205

989

City of Lynwood*

2780

3859

City of Malibu

90

694

City of Manhattan Beach

296

822

City of Maywood

1203

4289

City of Monrovia

622

1603

City of Montebello

1908

2964

City of Monterey Park

804

1291

City of Norwalk

2803

2604

City of Palmdale

3280

2063

City of Palos Verdes Estates

77

569

City of Paramount

2066

3688

City of Pico Rivera

2044

3180

City of Pomona

4609

2956

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

248

580

City of Redondo Beach

486

707

City of Rolling Hills

5

258

City of Rolling Hills Estates

34

419

City of Rosemead

699

1263

City of San Dimas*

436

1263

City of San Fernando

742

3015

City of San Gabriel

496

1211

City of San Marino

65

490

City of Santa Clarita

2659

1206

City of Santa Fe Springs

452

2461

City of Santa Monica

710

768

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