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New COVID-19 Cases Reach Two-Week Low But Death Count Remains Steady

A screen capture of the Facebook Live online streaming of the L.A. County daily press briefing, on April 13, 2020. Chief Ray Leyva, the interim head of the County Department of Probation, gives a juvenile correctional health update.

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After a weekend that saw a new high in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, Barbara Ferrer, the director the Department of Public Health, reported 25 new deaths Monday and 239 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The number of new cases may be significant in that is was the lowest figure in the county this month and the fewest number reported since March 26, Ferrer said. While noting that fact, Ferrer was reluctant to say that this was an indication of a flattening of new cases. She said that the Monday numbers are generally suspect since testing capacity on the weekend is a bit limited. The number of new cases reported Easter Sunday was 323.  Last Monday, 420 new cases were reported and the day before that 663 cases were reported.

The weekend death toll saw a new high of 31 confirmed fatalities in Sunday’s briefing and 25 reported Saturday. The death toll in Los Angeles County is now 320 and 205 of those have come this month, 190 in the last week.

Cases at institutional facilities continue to rise. Eight additional institutions are being investigated bringing the number to 185. Ninety-two residents of skilled nursing homes or assisted living facilities have died of COVID-19, which is about 29% of the total deaths. 

Testing capacity in the county is increasing and as of Monday some 52,000 individuals have been tested, with 13% of those recording positive results for the virus. Ferrer’s comments came at the daily L.A County virtual briefing which also featured comments by Chief Ray Leyva, the interim head of the County Department of Probation.

The probation department supervises two juvenile halls and six juvenile camps. Leyva said that no youths at either the halls or the camps have tested positive for COVID-19 but that 16 members of the probation department staff have and all are doing well. 

Leyva also noted that several social distancing measures are in effect including the suspension of visitation, a restriction that allows only six youths to congregate at one time and, at meals, that number is reduced to four.

They’ve also worked with the courts to reduce the size at the camps by 30% and he said that 66 youths have been released from the probation department.

 

Here are some of the case numbers presented by the L.A. County Health Department press release:

  • In the last 24 hours: 25 deaths, 239 cases
  • Total deaths: 320
  • Total cases: 9,420

The breakdown by community, plus Health Department confirmed institutional settings with one or more cases:

  • Alhambra: 34
    • Alhambra Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
  • Arcadia: 22
  • Boyle Heights: 58
  • El Monte: 28
  • El Sereno: 37
    • Huntington Healthcare Center
  • Unincorporated East L.A.: 95
    • Buena Ventura Care Center
  • Highland Park: 35
    • Highland Park Skilled Nursing and Wellness Center
  • Lincoln Heights: 18
  • Montebello: 53
  • Monterey Park: 33
  • Pasadena: 117 (separate health department)
    • Brighton Care Center
    • Camellia Gardens
    • Fair Oaks Regency Park
    • Garfield Care Center
    • Golden Cross Healthcare
    • Huntington Post Acute (Pasadena Meadows)
    • Jasmine Terrace
    • Rose Garden
    • St. Vincents
  • Rosemead: 15
  • San Gabriel: 15
  • Unincorporated Northeast San Gabriel: 6
  • Unincorporated South San Gabriel: 7
  • San Marino: 6
  • South Pasadena: 17
    • South Pasadena Care Center
  • Temple City: 12
  • Numbers are suppressed in communities with less than 25,000 residents, but with 1-4 confirmed cases:
    • South El Monte
    • Unincorporated South El Monte

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