Public Health Sees Steady Decline in COVID-19 Deaths Associated with Skilled Nursing Facilities


The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 39 new deaths and 1,165 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health identified 264,414 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 6,455 deaths.

Public Health is seeing a steady decline in COVID-19 deaths in skilled nursing facilities in Los Angeles County. Skilled nursing facility COVID-19-associated deaths peaked in the beginning of May with 190 deaths a week. By mid-September, deaths in skilled nursing facilities dropped to 22 a week. Skilled nursing facilities did not experience an increase in COVID-19 deaths in July and August as Los Angeles County did overall.

Public Health remains in regular contact with skilled nursing facilities and provides facilities with education, technical assistance, guidance, emergency supplies of personal protective equipment, and COVID-19 testing support. Public Health also continues to survey skilled nursing facilities in the County for compliance with mandated COVID-19 testing and reports of COVID-19 cases and outbreaks. All 341 skilled nursing facilities are conducting testing of residents and staff; between September 6 and September 12, 30,000 COVID-19 tests were completed among staff and residents. The percentage of residents that tested positive during this time period was 1.3% and for staff was .4%. Ninety-nine percent of skilled nursing facilities reported having adequate staffing and 94% reported having adequate PPE. Out of the 341 facilities, 164 were reported as having one or more cases and 177 facilities reported no positive cases. Public Health continues to conduct on-site inspections at skilled nursing facilities that are reported to be in noncompliance with infection control practices, or those that have reports of noncompliance that caused serious harm or death to a resident. These inspections occur within 24 hours of reported complaints.

“Our hearts go out to the many families that have lost a love one to this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We are acutely aware of the grief experienced by those who lost a family member living at a nursing home and we remain laser-focused on ensuring that we do everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities. We know that whenever there is increased community transmission, residents and staff are vulnerable. We know what works to prevent the spread of COVD-19 at nursing homes and as we head into the fall and flu season, compliance with infection and adequate supplies of PPE will be critically important."

Of the 39 new deaths reported today, 13 people that passed away were over the age of 80 years old, 11 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 12 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Thirty-five people who died had underlying health conditions including 13 people over the age of 80, nine people between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 12 people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old and one person between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.

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 6,074 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 51% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 23% 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. Upon further investigation, 84 cases and seven deaths reported earlier were not L.A. County residents.

Testing results are available for more than 2,592,000 individuals with 9% of all people testing positive. There are 753 confirmed cases currently hospitalized and 28% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Public Health continues to encourage participation with case investigation and contact tracing efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19. To date, over 130,000 people who are or were positive for COVID-19 completed the case investigation interview process. Over 78,000 of their close contacts or people that were exposed to the virus were contacted and completed interviews. Obtaining as much information as possible from people during the case investigation interview helps contain this virus and minimize outbreaks, and it is a crucial part of protecting the health of communities.

We encourage anyone who receives a call from Public Health to speak to our contact tracers. If a contact tracer calls, it will display on your phone as “LA Public Health” or as 833-641-0305.

Public Health has a dedicated call line for confirmed cases of COVID-19. If you are positive with COVID-19 and have not yet connected with a public health specialist or need more information on services, call toll-free at 1-833-540-0473. 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

264414

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

250188

-- Long Beach

11684

-- Pasadena

2542

Deaths

6455

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

6093

-- Long Beach

240

-- Pasadena

122

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

- 0 to 4

4170

- 5 to 11

9005

- 12 to 17

11177

- 18 to 29

62179

- 30 to 49

85722

- 50 to 64

48323

- 65 to 79

19181

- over 80

8929

- Under Investigation

1502

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

- Female

126054

- Male

121154

- Other

130

- Under Investigation

2850

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

235

- Asian

7920

- Black

7620

- Hispanic/Latino

95027

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

736

- White

20239

- Other

26667

- Under Investigation

91744

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

- Hospitalized (Ever)

20523

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

- American Indian/Alaska Native

12

- Asian

887

- Black

597

- Hispanic/Latino

3119

- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

20

- White

1408

- Other

31

- Under Investigation

19

CITY / COMMUNITY**

Cases

Case Rate

City of Agoura Hills

160

766

City of Alhambra

1243

1433

City of Arcadia

490

848

City of Artesia

364

2167

City of Avalon

6

155

City of Azusa

1515

3028

City of Baldwin Park

2948

3840

City of Bell

1588

4371

City of Bell Gardens

1920

4458

City of Bellflower

2364

3041

City of Beverly Hills

677

1961

City of Bradbury

14

1310

City of Burbank

1520

1418

City of Calabasas

268

1102

City of Carson

1830

1950

City of Cerritos

558

1115

City of Claremont

383

1050

City of Commerce*

582

4453

City of Compton

4018

4022

City of Covina

1387

2829

City of Cudahy

1086

4461

City of Culver City

385

966

City of Diamond Bar

545

948

City of Downey

4079

3570

City of Duarte

548

2489

City of El Monte

4303

3669

City of El Segundo

131

780

City of Gardena

1234

2013

City of Glendale

3651

1768

City of Glendora

1250

2369

City of Hawaiian Gardens

535

3645

City of Hawthorne

1928

2171

City of Hermosa Beach

208

1057

City of Hidden Hills

7

370

City of Huntington Park

2919

4907

City of Industry

36

8238

City of Inglewood

2838

2499

City of Irwindale

68

4661

City of La Canada Flintridge

184

889

City of La Habra Heights

44

807

City of La Mirada

842

1698

City of La Puente

1480

3637

City of La Verne

464

1394

City of Lakewood

1269

1579

City of Lancaster*

3346

2071

City of Lawndale

632

1880

City of Lomita

240

1158

City of Lynwood*

3262

4528

City of Malibu

101

779

City of Manhattan Beach

357

992

City of Maywood

1424

5077

City of Monrovia

743

1915

City of Montebello

2288

3554

City of Monterey Park

948

1523

City of Norwalk

3237

3008

City of Palmdale

4059

2553

City of Palos Verdes Estates

97

717

City of Paramount

2365

4221

City of Pico Rivera

2413

3754

City of Pomona

5419

3475

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

300

702

City of Redondo Beach

551

802

City of Rolling Hills

12

619

City of Rolling Hills Estates

42

518

City of Rosemead

821

1483

City of San Dimas*

528

1530

City of San Fernando

909

3693

City of San Gabriel

629

1536

City of San Marino

88

663

City of Santa Clarita

3397

1541

City of Santa Fe Springs

560

3049

City of Santa Monica

864

935

City of Sierra Madre

75

683

City of Signal Hill

272

2306

City of South El Monte

789

3778

City of South Gate