LA County Dept of Health Announces New Coronavirus Cases

The  LA County Department of Public Health gave an update on coronavirus cases and the latest news Tuesday.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the LA County Dept. of Public Health, said she wanted to give a special shoutout to the essential workers who are providing critical services during this time.

Ferrer reported 10 additional deaths on Tuesday. She said four of the people who died were under the age of 65 and one was under the age of 41.  

There are a total of 54 cases in LA County. The mortality rate remains at 1.8 percent, she said.

She said the number of confirmed cases in LA County have more than tripled in a week.

Ferrer said one of the deaths reported on Monday was the death of a healthcare worker over the age of 60 who has died from COVID-19, adding she expressed sympathy to the family and .."our gratitude to this person who gave everything for the health of our community."

There were 548 cases in one day, with 890 cases in the last 48 hours for a total of 3,011 cases in LA County. Eighty-seven percent of people, who were positive and died from COVID-19, did have some underlying health conditions, she said.

Meanwhile, there have been 10 firefighters who have tested positive for LA County Fire Department.  Seven have recovered; three in isolation and "doing well," Chief Osby said.

In the LA County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Villanueva said five deputies and two other LASD employees have tested positive.

As of Tuesday, LAPD has 32 positive cases, including one employee who is hospitalized. LAFD has seven cases, including two who've already recovered and returned to duty. 

The  LA County Department of Public Health gave an update on coronavirus cases and the latest news Monday.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the LA County Dept. of Public Health, reported seven additional deaths on Monday.

There were 342 cases in one day, with 686 cases in the last 48 hours for a total of 44 cases in LA County.  There are a total of 2,474 cases in LA County.

The mortality rate for COVID-19 is at 1.8 percent, she said. She said 86 percent of the people, who were positive and who have died, also had underlying health conditions.  There are a total of 2,474 confirmed cases in LA County. About 80 percent of the positive cases are between 18 and 65 years of age, she said.

She said there have been more than 15,500 tested and 12 percent of the people were positive.

Ferrer said the length of time for taking test results to get back to the LA Public Health, providers and patients is, on average, between five to six days. She added there are clearly differences. 

She said "particularly for some of the commercial labs they are still struggling. This is the average, which means that we have had cases where people have waited 10, 12 days before they've gotten their results back. And everyone is working hard to make sure that doesn't continue to happen. But it is a reality still, which is why we ask folks that it's not just about 'can you get tested?' that it's really about 'do you need to get tested?' and we really need to make sure that the folks who need to get tested are getting tested."

Ferrer said there was one positive case of an inmate in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility and is receiving care at a medical facility. She also said there are four or five cases of staff members who have tested positive at the Correctional facilities. 

Ferrer said there are two homeless individuals who are positive and are in isolation and their close contacts are being identified and being quarantined. She said there is one staff member, who has worked in some of the interim housing for homeless, has also tested positive.

The  LA County Department of Public Health gave an update on coronavirus cases and the latest news over the weekend.

There were 332 new cases over the weekend, bringing the total to 2,136 confirmed cases throughout Los Angeles County. In addition, there were five more deaths due to COVID-19, raising the death toll to 37. 

There are 150 deaths statewide from COVID-19.

On Friday, Dr. Barbara Ferrer said there had been five additional deaths.  She said they were all over the age of 60, with four men and one woman.

LA County's public health officer also issued the closure order for trails, beaches and bike paths at least through April 19.

On Thursday Ferrer said she reported on an additional nine deaths and eight were over the age of 60. 

There were 257 new cases in one day, and 678 cases in the last 48 hours, according to Ferrer on Thursday. 

"The increase, in part, reflects a lot of improved access to testing and we are catching up on being able to test people who have a serious illness," she said.

On Thursday, the death toll was 21 deaths in LA County. Dr. Barbara Ferrer said one of the previously reported deaths of a juvenile, upon investigation, has been dropped bc CDC will be completing that investigation and another previously reported death was of someone who lived in another county.

There were 421 new cases in one day, and 559 cases in the last 48 hours, according to Ferrer on Thursday. The total number of cases is 1,216 cases in LA County.

Ferrer said the increase in numbers is due to both the increase in testing and the spread of COVID-19 in the county.

LA County officials also noted that being socially distant doesn't mean being disengaged.

For example, giving blood is something that is needed and in order to donate you can make an appointment redcrossblood.org. All donors staff and volunteers will have their temperature taken to confirm they are healthy, according to LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

Barger also said to continue to order delivery from restaurants and order gift cards and support local businesses.

Supervisor Hilda Solis said impacted property owners can have penalties waived for late property tax payments on a case by case basis.

LA County officials updated the death toll from coronavirus, which was three additional deaths, all were over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions bringing the total to 13 deaths in LA County.

There are also reports of the first death in Orange County from coronavirus pandemic this week.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, of LA County Public Health, said she wants to note they aren't including the death of the young person reported to have died from coronavirus because the CDC is going to complete an investigation.

Ferrer said there have been 138 new cases as of Wednesday, and in the last 48 hours, there have been 266 new cases, for a total of 799 cases in LA County.

Ferrer says dept is investigating 12 institutional settings for potential outbreaks, all have at least one confirmed case.

She also said more than 6,300 people were tested as of yesterday, about 11 percent positive.

The new health officer order will require self-isolation for anyone who tests positive or is presumed to be positive and quarantine for all close contacts.


LA County officials initially reported the first death of a youth from coronavirus in the county Tuesday. Later on during the day, the LA Dept. of Public Health said in a tweet "The youth death reported earlier related to #COVID19 will require further evaluation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

The department said that "Though early tests indicated a positive result for COVID-19, the case is complex and there may be an alternate explanation for this fatality."

Ferrer said as of Monday this week more than 5,700 people tested in LA County adding that about 10 percent have been testing positive.

Officials on Tuesday said that social distancing doesn't mean isolation. They highlighted the importance of caring for our mental health and reaching out to others for support through phone calls, video chatting and texting.

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Dr. Jonathan Sherin, the LA County Mental Health Director, said people should use the hotline 1-800-854-7771 for resources and help. He added people should have routines and eat healthily and get enough sleep.

LA County officials also updated the public on testing for the virus earlier this week.

For the first phase of testing the initial delivery of testing kits will prioritize medical personnel and first responders, according to LA County officials Monday. They will also test high-risk individuals in addition to healthcare workers and first responders.

In an address on Sunday from LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, he said the city has ordered masks for medical personnel and first responders.

LA Councilmember David Ryu said he and his office, other councilmembers and officials have been working to increase testing kits available saying they've secured 20,000 new tests to be used in the county. He said the tests will be free to the public and prioritize healthcare workers, first responders and those at high-risk.

Officials also called for all factories and companies in the region who can help to manufacture more items needed to increase testing like gloves and swabs.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer from LA County Dept. of Public Health said there has been 128 new cases.  She said 80 percent of the cases were between the ages of 18 to 65 years of age.

KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta reports that Ferrer says about 4700 people had been tested, as of Sunday. More than 11 percent have tested positive. Of those, close to 17 percent have required hospitalization.

The total number of cases is 536 cases in LA County including 17 cases in Long Beach and three in Pasadena.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has activated public safety protocols saying the National Guard is not in SoCal right now but the National Guard has to be activated by the Governor, and it would assist but only arrive in SoCal if he requests it.

Los Angeles Public Health officials announced a fifth person died from novel coronavirus in Los Angeles County over the weekend.

The individual was over the age of 65, had underlying health conditions and resided in Culver City.

This comes after the safer-at-home order issued for LA County Thursday night. 

As of last week there were 61 new cases, with 101 new cases in the last 48 hours, according to Dr. Barbara Ferrer from LA County Dept. of Public Health on Friday. 

The total number of Covid-19 for LA County is 292 cases including 12 cases in Long Beach and two cases in Pasadena, according to Dr. Barbara Ferrer from LA County Dept. of Public Health on Friday. 

She said the median age of the total cases is now at about 47 years of age. One hundred thirty-eight people between the ages of 18 and 65 were diagnosed as positive for the virus.

Officials announced the first of many solutions to the virus.

For example,  there would be a new quarantine center in the San Fernando Valley.

LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis also announced temporary housing for those who test positive for the virus, including at least 244 rooms in Sheraton Fairplex Hotel in Pomona for those who want to self-quarantine.

The rooms will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who need to self-isolate. Food, laundry services will be provided.

There was a death of someone who died from coronavirus this week in LA County.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, from the LA County Department of Health,  says there's been a second virus-related death, a "relatively young person" who had an underlying health condition.

Earlier this week 40 new cases had been announced too -- bringing the total to 230 cases in LA County.

Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and those directly caring for people who are sick and by people who are sick (source control).
  • Get a flu immunization to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.

The LA County Department of Health has been confirming more new cases of coronavirus.

"Everyone should remain at home as much as possible," says the department's Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis also said in a press conference that the county is extending its winter shelter program through the end of April to help the homeless population during the coronavirus outbreak. The shelter program usually ends March 31.

Cases are occurring across LA County, so everyone should be aware and practice social distancing.

LA County Dept. of Public Health reported a death related to coronavirus in March.

It was not a county resident but a visitor. She had a layover in South Korea and was visiting friends in LA County.

California reported its first death from coronavirus in March. The LA Times reported that the death occurred in Placer County.

This came after Los Angeles County officials declared a local public health emergency regarding the coronavirus. At the time, the LA Department of Public Health said its seen six new cases of the coronavirus.

“LA County and hospital partners are well prepared to manage cases and suspected cases of novel coronavirus. As with other respiratory illnesses, there are steps that everyone can take to reduce the risk of getting sick from circulating viruses, including COVID-19. This includes remaining home when ill, washing hands with soap and water frequently, and getting immunized against flu,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health, in a press release.

The patient, who was elderly and returning from a cruise, was one of the six new cases announced by LA County Public Health officials Wednesday, the Times reported.

The patient was on a Princess cruise ship, which also released a statement:

"I wish to advise you that today we have been notified by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that they are investigating a small cluster of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Northern California connected to our previous Grand Princess voyage that sailed roundtrip San Francisco from February 11 to February 21. We are working closely with our CDC partners and are following their recommendations," the statement said.

The patient had sailed from San Francisco to Mexico.

"For guests who sailed on the previous Grand Princess voyage (Feb 11-21), if you have experienced any symptoms of acute respiratory illness with fever, chills, or cough since your return home, please immediately contact your medical provider. "