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New COVID-19 Cases in Pasadena Reach 3-Month Low

Published on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 5:57 am

The rate of COVID-19 transmission reached its lowest level in more than three months on Monday, according to Pasadena Public Health Department data.

Five new infections were detected in the city on Monday, records show. Eight cases were reported on Sunday, and seven on Saturday.

With no deaths reported in the prior 12 days, the local death toll remained at 363, according to city data. The PPHD had recorded 12,397 confirmed COVID-19 infections, in all.

The average number of daily infections over the prior week declined to 7.6, representing the lowest rate seen since July 9.

Officials at the Pasadena Unified School District reported 16 new infections among students over the prior week, and one case involving a staff member.

Huntington Hospital listed 14 admitted COVID-19 patients on Monday, including three who were housed in intensive care units.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health documented 948 new infections and four deaths on Monday, citing the usual delayed reporting over the weekend. In total, the county had seen 1,478,622 cases of the virus and 26,418 fatalities.

The number of patients hospitalized across the county with COVID-19 stood at 638, the agency said in a written statement.

Monday’s county-wide daily test positivity rate was measured at 0.7%.

L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer took a moment to reflect on the death of former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell, who died Monday morning from complications of COVID-19 at age 84.

“We join the nation in mourning the death of former Secretary of State General Colin Powell,” she said.

“While our data demonstrate the tremendous power of vaccines to prevent severe outcomes of COVID infection, this tragic loss highlights the fact that for vulnerable people, including older adults and those with underlying health conditions including immunosuppression, there is still a small but serious risk of hospitalization or death even after vaccination,” according to Ferrer. “This is why masking and distancing remain important layers of protection when transmission of COVID remains high or substantial, and increasing vaccination rates is the best strategy for reducing exposure risk for everyone.”

Authorities at the state level reported 16,764 new cases of COVID-19 and 266 deaths on Monday, raising the state’s pandemic totals to 4,588,231 infections and 70,416 fatalities.

The statewide weekly positivity rate was measured at 2%, according to California Department of Public Health data.

As of Monday, L.A. County represented 32% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 38% of the state’s fatalities.

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