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L.A. County COVID-19 Update: 521 New Cases, 11 Deaths 4/3/2020

LOS ANGELES –The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 11 new deaths and 521 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Seven of the 11 deaths reported today occurred in people over the age of 65; three people were between 41– 65 years old, and one person was between 18 to 40 years old. All reported underlying health conditions except for one individual between 41– 65 years old. Additional information regarding some of the new cases is pending further investigation. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 1055 new cases.

To date, Public Health has identified 4566 cases across all areas of LA County, including 89 deaths. As of today, 1018 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (22% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and capable of spreading the virus to others. New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us we need to use universal precautions all the time – assuming that each of us can infect others even when we aren’t sick, and that others can infect us.

“Every life lost to COVID-19 is precious and we extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have died,” said Barbara Ferrer PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As we reach our goal of testing 10,000 people a day, we need to prepare for a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19; we could easily see 1000 cases or more per day in the near future. With more people infected, there can be increased spread if we all aren’t physically separating ourselves from others at every opportunity. And while it may make sense for people to wear a cloth face-covering when they need to be out of their homes to protect others from respiratory secretions, staying home when ill, frequent handwashing, and physical distancing remain our best protection against the spread of COVID- 19. We ask everyone to do their part and not use any medical masks for face covering, reserving our limited supply of N95 and surgical masks for healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers in close contact with those who are ill.”

Public Health has issued the following guidance for people with mild illness during this time of increased spread:

  • If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days and until 72 hours after being fever and symptom free. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.

Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, ,www.publichealth.lacounty.gov .

For all phone numbers, websites and resources mentioned during this livestream, visit covid19.lacounty.gov

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