County health officials reported 44 additional deaths and 1,469 new cases of the Coronavirus on Thursday
The large increase in positive cases reflects a lag in reporting from one lab of over 500 positive cases.
To date, the department has identified 59,650 positive cases of the virus across all 88 cities in the LA County, and a total of 2,531 deaths.
“To everyone across our LA County community who is mourning a loved one who has passed away from COVID-19, we share in your sorrow. We are thinking of you and praying for you every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health.
Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 2,341 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health) 41 percent of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 28 percent among White residents, 18 percent among Asian residents, 12 percent among African-American residents, 1 percent among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 53 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not LA County residents.
As of today, 6,767 people who tested positive for the virus — 11 percent of positive cases — have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There are 1,457 people who are currently hospitalized, 30 percent of these people are in the ICU and 21 percent are on ventilators. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 659,000 individuals and 8 percent of people testing positive.
“If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 while out and in large crowds, because you were in close contact for at least 15 minutes with people who were not wearing face coverings, please remember that the virus has a long incubation period and it will be important to remain away from others as much as possible for 14 days. Testing negative for COVID-19 right after you’ve been exposed does not mean you can’t become infected later during the incubation period, so please stay away from others for 14 days after possible exposure. Should you develop symptoms within 14 days of exposure, please contact your healthcare provider to connect to care and testing.”