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For Immediate Release:

August 09, 2020

Public Health Reports 10 New Deaths and 1,789 New Positive Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 10 new deaths and 1,789 new cases of confirmed COVID-19.

The reported case numbers today include all of the current lab reports from the state’s electronic lab report system (ELR). Today’s numbers do not include backlog numbers; the state anticipates sending the backlog of lab reports over the upcoming days. Data sources that track other key indicators, including hospitalizations and deaths, were not affected by this reporting issue.

Younger residents continue to make up the majority of positive new cases. Of the new cases reported today, 69% are of people under the age of 50 years old. Residents between the ages of 30 and 49 years old have the highest case rate among all age groups in LA County, 35% of new cases today.

Being around people who aren’t part of your household puts you at a greater risk for COVID-19, which is why it is so important to stay at home as much as possible and avoid all gatherings, of any size, with people who are not part of your household.

To date, Public Health has identified 208,528 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 4,977 deaths. There are currently 1,568 hospitalized, of which 31% are confirmed cases in the ICU. Upon further investigation, 22 cases reported earlier were not L.A. County residents.

Of the 10 new deaths reported today (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena), three people that passed away were over the age of 80, two people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old and five people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old. Eight people had underlying health conditions including three people over the age of 80 years old, two people between the ages of 65 and 79 years old and three people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old.

Ninety-two percent of the people who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 4,685 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 49% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 24% among White residents, 15% among Asian residents, 10% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races.

Testing results are available for 1,932,963 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive.

“There are many people that are grieving the loss of a family member or friend who died as a result of COVID-19. We think about you every day and wish you healing and peace during this difficult time,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As we begin to see the curve flattening again, I want to urge everyone to remain cautious and attentive to the reality of COVID-19; it is not going away any time soon. If we return to life as we knew it before the pandemic hit, we will see cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase once again. The protocols and protective measures provided by the health officer orders create opportunities for us continue on a recovery journey – but only if they are followed. Please avoid parties and crowded situations, wear face coverings at all times when out of your home, maintain physical distance from people you don't live with, and wash your hands frequently.”

The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

This State ELR issue has affected the County's contact tracing efforts. Given the past ELR delays, the department urges any person with a positive lab result to call 1-833-540-0473 to connect with a public health specialist who can provide information about services and support. Residents who do not have COVID-19 should continue to call 211 for resources or more information.

Please see additional information below:

Laboratory Confirmed Cases -- 208528 Total Cases*

Deaths 4977

Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

Hospitalization

Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

CITY / COMMUNITY (Rate**)

These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. Twenty-two cases previously reported were not in Public Health's jurisdiction. * Means that case numbers include cases associated with correctional facility outbreaks located in the city/community. **Rate is crude and is per 100,000. This represents the number of cases per 100,000 people and allows for the proportional comparison of cities of different sizes.

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The Department of Public Health is committed to promoting health equity and ensuring optimal health and well-being for all 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health comprises nearly 4,500 employees and has an annual budget of $1.2 billion. To learn more about Los Angeles County Public Health, please visit www.publichealth .lacounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lacounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lapublichealth, facebook.com/lapublichealth, instagram.com/lapublichealth and youtube.com/lapublichealth.




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