Los Angeles County officials said Tuesday that cases of coronavirus have reached 6,910 and the death toll increased to 169 after another 22 deaths were reported.
African Americans have a slightly higher death rate than other racial and ethnic groups in the county, based on preliminary data collected on 93 deaths, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county̵
She encouraged laboratories to gather information on race and ethnicity to better understand the burden of disease.
Sixteen people who recently died were over 65 and had underlying health conditions. Among the other deaths, six were between 41 and 65, and five of them had an underlying condition, Ferrer explained.
Mortality from the virus continued to increase slightly and is now at 2.4% across the country.
Of the total positive cases, 1,510 people have been admitted to hospitals – that is 22 percent.
Currently, there are 132 people in intensive care, which includes 53% of people who have an underlying health condition, and 44% of them are 65 and older.
The county is now conducting investigations at 121 institutional settings, and the total number of confirmed cases among people who either work or live in one of these facilities is 552, Ferrer said.
A total of 37 people who died were living in a facility such as a skilled nursing home or nursing home, and one was a person working in a corrective environment.
There are 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in prison, most of which are staff. There are 10 cases in the local state prison, most of them prisoners, Ferrer said.
Ten people experiencing homelessness have tested positive for coronavirus, including one who lived in a local shelter.
Ferrer said there will be more institutional settings with coronavirus cases as the number of infected in the county continues to increase.
As of Monday, more than 35,300 people have been tested, with 14 percent of tests coming back positive. However, Ferrer noted that there are about 20,000 negative laboratory results that have not been included in totals that could reduce that percentage.
The county also looks at data on testing, which is believed to occur less among communities living in poverty or near poverty.
“People who live in wealthier communities have better access to testing,” Ferrer admitted.
A “much-needed” test site will open at East Los Angeles College on Wednesday and officials are working to make additional testing available in eastern and southeast Los Angeles communities, as well as San Gabriel Vally, supervisor Hilda Solis said Tuesday.
The L.A. County is still the epicenter of the California virus, and cases continue to grow locally.
On Monday, L.A. announced Mayor Eric Garcetti said the county is expanding testing for the virus by removing the restrictions on who can be tested, and now all residents can now apply online.
Gavin Newsom has said that the coronavirus outbreak will reach its peak in California in mid-May. But a new analysis by researchers at the University of Washington shows that California will reach its peak of COVID-19 deaths on April 17.
On Monday, Ferrer thanked Angelenos for following the social distance guidelines and the safer home order, but reminded residents that “this is” staying at home week. “
She noted that while Holy Week and Easter are observed this week, scheduled gatherings should be canceled. Instead, she asked the residents to share tips on how to safely practice their faith.
Looking ahead, Ferrer said the county plans to reopen businesses and lift restrictions, saying “we’ll get to the other side of this.”
“I think it will take many months for us to get back to what it was like,” she said.
Although she did not have an exact date when it might happen, she eventually said that people will be able to return to work.
However, supervisor Kathryn Barger noted that it is important not to raise the safer home too early and “risk people’s lives.”
Although the supervisor said she is not sure how the return to ordinary life will happen, she gave an example of having restaurants that do half the capacity.
Also on Tuesday, Skye Patrick, head of L.A., shared county library, a wealth of resources available online for both children and adults.
She said the library system’s huge digital collections, courses on everything from coding to resume writing and one-on-one tutoring are all available.
In addition, Patrick said the library has extended the due date and canceled late fees amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Here is information on how to get a library card online and how to access resources.
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