COVID-19 statistics remained encouraging Monday as Pasadena entered its first day of loosened “orange” tier protocols under the state’s reopening guidelines Monday, with only two new infections reported and zero deaths, marking a 12th straight day without a reported fatality in the city, officials said.
The pair of new cases raised the city’s overall pandemic total to 11,154, according to Pasadena Public Health Department records. The local death toll remained at 335, where it’s held since March 24.
City spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said the first day under “orange” tier protocols appeared to have gone smoothly, dispute a magnitude 4.0 earthquake with an epicenter near Lennox that rattled Southern California residents shortly before 5 a.m.
“It started off a bit ‘shaky’ with an earthquake to remind us other disasters exist, but we’re definitely seeing an increase in the number of people out in Old Pasadena and other popular locations,” Derderian said. “The weather helps and people feel more confident dining out after they’ve been vaccinated, but we still haven’t seen how spring break and holiday gatherings will impact our numbers.”
Pasadena’s saw an average of 2.9 new infections each day over the prior week, officials said.
Officials at Huntington Hospital reported treating 14 COVID-19 patients on Monday. The hospital’s intensive care unit remained empty of coronavirus patients after being cleared on Friday for the first time since early in the pandemic.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported a single new COVID-19 death and 366 new infections, but noted that reporting over weekends can lag behind, City News Service reported.
In total, the county has seen 1,222,447 cases of COVID-19 and 23,276 fatalities.
State public health officials announced 2,112 new infections and 21 deaths on Monday, bringing the statewide totals to 3,582,463 known cases of the virus and 58,534 fatalities.
The state”s average positivity rate over the prior week was recorded at 1.6%, according to California Department of Public Health data.
As of Monday, L.A. County represented 34% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 40% of the state’s deaths.