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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) encourages anyone planning to visit someone in a healthcare facility to do so safely. As a reminder, you must wear a mask for all visitations, and visits should occur outdoors whenever possible. Additional restrictions may apply, so visitors should consult with the facility in advance for further instructions.
Today, Public Health confirms 28 new deaths and 3,498 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 28 new deaths reported today, six people who passed away were over the age of 80, 12 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, four people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and five people died were between the ages of 30 and 49. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach. In the past month, the County averaged around six daily deaths.
To date, Public Health identified 1,335,332 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,833 deaths.
There are 1,573 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized; an increase of 331 people in one week. Last Wednesday, there were 1,242 people hospitalized with COVID-19 illness. Testing results are available for nearly 7,560,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 4.6%.
“To everyone who is mourning people who have passed away from COVID-19, we keep you in our thoughts and prayers,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “When transmission is at high levels in L.A. County, there are ripple effects that lead to increased cases among healthcare workers, facility residents, and visitors. By working together to ensure a high level of protection at healthcare facilities, we can continue doing our part to keep people who are medically fragile safe: this now means getting vaccinated or tested before visiting anyone at these facilities, or before visiting anyone who is medically fragile in their home. Wearing a well-fitting face mask is another important action visitors must take to protect these most vulnerable individuals.”