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COVID-19 Update: LA County Death Toll Now 44; Six Deaths Reported at Skilled Nursing Facilities

A screen capture of the Facebook Live online streaming of the L.A. County daily press briefing, on March 30, 2020. Director of LACDPH Barbara Ferrer gives the status update.

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The daily briefing on  COVID-19 by L.A. County officials offered more grim numbers on the spread of the pandemic.

Since Sunday, seven more people have died of the coronavirus. Six were over 65 and one was between 41 and 65. All had previous health conditions. The new deaths bring the number of COVID-19 related fatalities in Los Angeles County to 44.

In addition, in the past 48 hours there have been 675 new cases confirmed in Los Angeles County. This brings the total number of cases in L.A. County to 2,474.

In discussing the latest numbers, Barbara Ferrer, the Los Angeles County Public Health director, said that COVID-19 cases have been reported at 25 institutions in the county, 18 of them skilled nursing facilities. Eleven facilities have three or more cases.

Six deaths of residents of those nursing facilities have occurred. 

“We need to be prepared for this to go on for a while to come,” Ferrer said. 

Only a partial list of the nursing homes where positive tests have been recorded was on the L.A. County Department of Public Health’s online tally. None of the sites listed is in the San Gabriel Valley but this was only a partial list.

Ferrer prefaced her daily update by thanking L.A. County residents and businesses who “have met this moment with innovation and charity.” 

“This situation is serious, and I applaud the essential employees who meet the daily challenge of keeping the public healthy and our community functioning, from public safety and health care workers, to grocery store clerks and food deliverers,” Ferrer said. 

In responding to telephoned questions from reporters, Ferrer said that the wait time for test results is now around 5-6 days for private labs but that hospitals are capable of turning around tests more quickly.

She also acknowledged that an inmate at the Twin Towers jail facility in Downtown Los Angeles had tested positive for the virus and had been moved to a hospital facility. Perhaps 4-5 members of the Twin Towers staff have also tested positive and are now isolated and quarantined.

Efforts are now underway by L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to determine if the jail population can be reduced in any way.

To questions about computer modeling from various sources both in the state and out, Ferrer said that her department is working with UCLA on modeling and hoped to have a good handle on possible scenarios by the end of the week.

“This will be an important week to see if we double or triple the case load in a short period of time,” Ferrer said. The hope being that the social distancing was helping to flatten the curve on the spread of the disease.

The L.A. County briefing came minutes after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order expanding the services that some medical professionals can provide. He also urged retired health care providers to join the newly created California Health Corps to help fight COVID-19.

 

Number of confirmed cases around the San Gabriel Valley from Monday’s county Health Department release. Pasadena, which has its own public health department, is listing 25 cases.

  • Pasadena: 25
  • Alhambra: 11
  • Boyle Heights: 11
  • El Sereno: 3
  • Unincorporated East L.A.: 11
  • Highland Park: 9
  • Lincoln Heights: 2
  • Montebello:  4
  • Monterey Park: 5
  • Rosemead: 2
  • San Gabriel: 6
  • South Pasadena: 5
  • Temple City: 1
  • Numbers are suppressed in communities with less than 25,000 residents, but with 1-4 confirmed cases:
    • San Marino

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Call a doctor if you’re experiencing these.

Emergency warning signs are difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to wake, and bluish lips or face. If you or someone you know has these, seek medical attention immediately.

Do not call 9-1-1 or go to an emergency room for COVID-19 testing unless you are seriously ill.


The “Safer at Home” order may not be true for some homes experiencing domestic violence. Resources are available for you or others you may know. Shelters, law enforcement and non-profits are all continuing to function, and emergency protective orders are still being enforced.

Call 800-978-3000 or go to their page.

Visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Heath’s page.

The California Department of Public Health’s coronavirus page is here.

L.A. County residents can call 2-1-1, the county’s information line, for referrals to resources or help.

If you know someone who is elderly and needs meal assistance, go to the county’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services page or call 800-510-2020.

 

For all of the reporting from the Alhambra Source, go to our Stay Healthy page.

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