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      The L.A. County Department of Public Health has confirmed 40 new deaths and 1,073 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, Friday, May 15, 2020.

      By News Desk

      Thirty-three people who died were over the age of 65 years old, nine people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and one person between the ages of 18 to 40. Thirty-four people had underlying health conditions including 25 people over the age of 65 years old, eight people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and one person between the ages of 18 to 40 years old.

      To date

      To date, Public Health has identified 37,303 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,793 deaths. Ninety-two percent of people who died had underlying health conditions.

      Ethnicity breakdown

      Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 1,659 people (99 percent of the cases); 39% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 29% among White residents, 18% among Asian residents, 12% among African American residents, 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races.

      Currently hospitalized: 26% in ICU and, 20% on ventilators

      As of today, 5,784 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (16% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There are 1,648 people who are currently hospitalized, 26% of these people are in the ICU and 20% are on ventilators. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for over 298,000 individuals and 11% of people testing positive.

      Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health, said:

      Our hearts go out to everyone who has lost someone they love to COVID-19. We share in your sorrow, and wish you healing and peace.

      As more places re-open in LA County, I want to thank all of you who have done your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will all need to continue to work together on this, including practicing physical distancing and wearing our cloth face coverings when we are around other people. These actions work – they protect you, they protect others, and they save lives.”

      The Health Officer Order issued earlier this week, allows for retailers and manufacturers, select recreational facilities, and beaches to reopen. All retailers can reopen for curbside, door-side, outside pickup, or delivery only and manufacturing and logistic businesses that supply retail businesses can also reopen. Before retail businesses, manufacturing and logistic businesses reopen, they are required to prepare, implement and post their plan for adhering to directives including distancing and infection control practices that protect both employees and customers. Select recreational facilities, community gardens, and beaches for active recreation are now open. Everyone must continue to practice staying at least six feet apart and wearing a clean cloth face covering that securely covers both your nose and mouth when you are in contact with other people not in your household. This Order continues to require that specific higher-risk businesses remain closed and prohibits public and private gatherings of any number of people outside of a single household unit.

      Check our Updated COVID-19 Cases Amongst Our Neighbors, Friends and Families in Greater Pasadena Area.


      Source: L.A. County Health Department

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