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New COVID-19 Cases in Pasadena Remain in Single Digits

Published on Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 5:56 am

New COVID-19 infections in Pasadena haven’t risen out of single digits for 11 days straight, with six new cases reported on Wednesday, officials said.

No COVID-19 related deaths have been documented by the Pasadena Public Health Department for two full weeks.

Thursday’s infections raised Pasadena’s total to 13,413 confirmed cases of the virus, according to city data. The number of deaths remained at 363.

The average number of daily infections over the prior week stood at 7.3, PPHD data showed.

Officials at the Pasadena Unified School District reported 10 new infections among students, as well as four among staff members, over the prior week.

Huntington Hospital was treating 12 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday, records show. Four of them were being treated in intensive care units.

Los Angeles County public health officials announced 1,267 new COVID-19 cases and 31 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the pandemic totals to 1,480,656 infections and 26,473 fatalities.

Hospitals in the county were treating 635 COVID-19 patients, the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a written statement. Twenty-eight percent of them were being cared for in ICUs.

Wednesday’s countywide test positivity rate held steady at 0.9%.

As the L.A. Dodgers continued competing in the Major League Baseball Playoffs, L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer once again urged vaccination and masking to stem the spread of the virus.

“We know COVID-19 spreads more easily in settings where people are singing and chanting close together without their mask on, as we often do at parties or celebrations. The risk is especially high when these activities are done indoors,” she said.

“While we cheer on our teams, let’s continue working together to avoid a winter surge that forces us to take steps backwards on our recovery journey. The best way to do this is by being vaccinated if we plan on entering places where there is an increased risk of virus transmission.”

California Department of Public Health officials reported 3,070 additional infections and 156 deaths on Wednesday.

The statewide weekly positivity rate was calculated at 2.0%, according to CDPH data.

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

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