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New COVID-19 Cases in Pasadena Dip Below 100 for First Time in 12 Days

L.A. County expected to surpass 1 million total infections this weekend

Published on Saturday, January 16, 2021 | 5:57 am

Pasadena saw 97 new COVID-19 infections and one new death on Friday, marking the first time in nearly two weeks that the daily case count dropped below 100, officials said.

Friday’s totals raised the cities overall tallies to 9,000 cases and 190 deaths, according to city data.

Pasadena has not recorded a daily infection count below 100 since Jan. 3, when 59 new infections were recorded. The largest single-day count took place Jan. 5, with 253 infections documented.

Huntington Hospital officials reported treating 193 COVID-19 patients on Friday, with 40 of them being treated in intensive care units. Over the prior week, the hospital had admitted an average of 24.6 COVID-19 patients each day.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced 15,051 new infections and 258 new deaths on Friday.

County officials had tallied 989,928 cases of the virus and 13,489 fatalities.

“L.A. County is likely to record over 1 million total cases this weekend,” the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a written statement. “The most important action for everyone to take to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives is to stay home and not mingle with others not in your household.”

County officials reported 7,715 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday, with 22% of them being treated in ICUs.

L.A. County Director of Public Health urged the public to remain vigilant as the COVID-19 vaccines continue rolling out.

“As vaccine supply allows, we want to expand vaccinations and move through the tiers as quickly as possible,” she said. “We are very hopeful that our allocation of doses increases enough for us to begin vaccinating seniors before the end of the month. As vaccine supply improves, more residents will become eligible for vaccinations. It will take a number of months to reach the level of vaccination needed in the population to curb ongoing transmission of the virus.”

State health officials documented 42,655 new infections and 637 new deaths on Friday, bringing the statewide totals to 2,859,624 cases of COVID-19 and 32,291 deaths.

The state’s average positivity rate over the prior 14-days was 12.9%, down from 13.4% on Thursday, according to the California Department of Public Health.

As of Friday, L.A. County represented 35% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 42% of the state’s fatalities.

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