117 Deaths from Coronavirus in LA County as Total Cases Hit More Than 5200

Ameera Butt
April 04, 2020 - 3:26 pm

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

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the LA County Dept. of Public Health, reported 28 additional deaths on Saturday.

She said twenty-one of the people who died had underlying health conditions and 17 were over the age of 65. In addition, nine of the people who died were between the ages of 18 and 65, with six of them having underlying health conditions.

The total of positive cases in Los Angeles County stands at 5277, with at least 117 deaths.

Of the approximately 29,000 people that have been tested in the county, 14% resulted in a positive diagnosis.

The latest update comes after 11 new deaths were reported on Friday.

UPDATE: Friday afternoon KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta reported that  "Long Beach is up to three deaths (not 1 as stated in the release) so that brings county total to 91. One Long Beach County death involved a person who died in OC. Third Long Beach County death just announced."

There were 4,566 total cases in LA County and a total of 89 deaths in the county. There were 521 new cases in one day, and 1,055 cases in the last 48 hours, she said.

She said across the world there is now over a million cases of COVID-19 and mortality rate across the world is five percent. She said there are about 11,000 confirmed cases in California.

Ferrer, Director of the LA County Dept. of Public Health, reported 13 additional deaths on Thursday.

There were 4,045 total cases in LA County and 78 total deaths in the county. There were 534 new cases in one day, and more than 1000 cases in the last 48 hours, she said.

She said 12 of the people who died were over the age of 65 and 11 of the people who were over the age of 65 did have underlying health conditions. She said another death was of a person between 41 and 65 years of age who also had underlying health conditions.

Ferrer said nine people tested positive who are experiencing homelessness.

She said there were seven cases at LA County Jail, six of whom are staff and one is an inmate, she said.

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

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the LA County Dept. of Public Health, reported 11 additional deaths on Wednesday.

There were 3,518 total cases in LA County and 65 total deaths in the county. There were 513 new cases in one day, and more than 1,000 cases in the last 48 hours, she said.

She said nine of the people who passed are over the age of 65. 

"The other two deaths occurred among people who were younger," she said.

One person was between the ages of 18-40 years of age and the other person was between the ages of 41-65.  Ferrer said both of these people had underlying health conditions.

Later on LA Public Health said the second death reported in Long Beach was not included in the total deaths reported earlier for LA County. So this would bring the number of #COVID19-related deaths reported today in LA County to 12 and the total number of deaths to 66.

Eighty-eight percent of the people, who were positive for COVID-19 and died, did have underlying health conditions, she said.

She said there are five cases who are positive among people who are experiencing homelessness. She said two staff members at two different institutional settings that serve and help the homeless are also positive.

More than 21,000 people have been tested in LA County, according to Ferrer. Officials said there was a big improvement in testing capabilities.

She also mentioned the CDC was going to come out with new guidelines for non-medical masks later on the in week - the agency is reviewing if everyone should to wear a mask.

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On 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. 

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

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

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.

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. 

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."

In March, 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.

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.

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. "