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Nine More Local Institutional Settings with COVID-19 Named as El Monte Airport Opens Testing

Specimen collection at the San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte. Photo by Los Angeles County via Supervisor Hilda Solis.

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Los Angeles County’s daily press briefing Wednesday began with another new high in the death toll of COVID-19. A total of 42 people died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 402. There were 472 new cases, bringing the total to 10,496 county-wide.

L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer highlighted the increase in cases and deaths in institutional settings, with a total of 33% of all county-wide deaths occurring in residents in these congregate living situations.

Pasadena, which has its own health department, has reported 12 deaths to date, all of which were related to long-term care facilities. Each person had underlying health conditions.

Today, nine more institutions in the Western San Gabriel Valley and neighboring communities are listed in the 122 named on the LACDPH site. There are 205 locations under investigation for one or more positive cases.

The county is focusing on these institutional facilities, allocating dedicated teams to care sites, money and additional PPE – personal protective equipment – resources to aid in the slowing of COVID-19 and the institutions’ broader recovery efforts.

Ferrer reinforced the county’s collaboration with Gov. Gavin Newsom and his timeline for relaxing the stay-at-home-type orders, reminding those listening to the briefing that the county cannot supersede the state’s orders. She said when Newsom decides to relax state-wide orders, the county can begin to move, too, possibly when the order expires on May 15.

A key factor in reducing the state and county Health Officer Orders’ restrictions is the ability to diagnose and track the virus.

The county is continuing to bolster its testing abilities, with three mobile sites opening today, including one at the San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte.

On April 1 there were no sites in the heart of the SGV – just the Pomona site at the edge of the county and Lincoln Park towards downtown – now there are sites in Pasadena, El Monte, West Covina, East L.A. and two just west of Montebello in the Commerce area.

Ferrer gave some examples what the county’s slow reopening could look like, with an emphasis on getting people back to work.

Some examples she gave:

  • Some retailers could open with limited occupancy for customers and employees and social distancing maintained
  • Arts and cultural events could be spectator-free or have limited occupancy
  • County trails might be one-way
  • Infection control measures like hand washing stations at recreation sites and face mask usage would continue
  • Temperatures of customers or employees could be taken upon entrance to businesses

Various social distancing measures will be commonplace for months to come, and in an effort to control and understand the virus and it’s spread, the county will continue doing random sampling of county residents for antibody tests every three weeks, through the summer months.

The test does not tell if one is currently positive but can tell if a person has the antibodies for COVID-19, meaning that at some point, the virus was present in the body. The county will eventually focus on testing vulnerable and high-risk populations, like health care workers, for the presence of antibodies to understand how those populations were affected.

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

  • In the last 24 hours: 42 deaths, 472 cases
  • Total deaths: 402
  • Total cases: 10,496

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

  • Alhambra: 37
    • Alhambra Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
  • Arcadia: 25
    • Santa Anita Convalescent Hospital
  • Boyle Heights: 64
  • El Monte: 34
    • Mayflower Care Center
  • El Sereno: 44
    • Huntington Healthcare Center
  • Unincorporated East L.A.: 108
    • Buena Ventura Care Center
  • Highland Park: 40
    • Highland Park Skilled Nursing and Wellness Center
  • Lincoln Heights: 20
    • Kei-Ai Los Angeles Healthcare Center
  • Montebello: 64
  • Monterey Park: 34
    • DaVita Garfield Hemodialysis Center
  • Pasadena: 179 (separate health department)
    • Brighton Care Center
    • California Convalescent Hospital
    • Camellia Gardens
    • Fair Oaks Regency Park
    • Foothill Heights Care Center
    • Garfield Care Center
    • Golden Cross Healthcare
    • Huntington Post Acute (Pasadena Meadows)
    • Jasmine Terrace
    • Legacy Care Center
    • Pasadena Grove Health Center
    • Rose Garden
    • St. Vincents
  • Rosemead: 16
  • San Gabriel: 14
  • Unincorporated Northeast San Gabriel: 7
  • Unincorporated South San Gabriel: 7
  • San Marino: 8
  • South Pasadena: 17
    • South Pasadena Care Center
  • Temple City: 17
  • 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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