Los Angeles County Department of Public Health | L.A. County COVID-19 Update: 620 New Cases, 29 Deaths 4/8/2020
County officials provide updates, and answer questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic for April 8th, 2020.
LOS ANGELES –The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 29 new deaths and 620 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Twenty-two of the people who died had underlying health conditions and 17 people were over the age of 65. One of the individuals over the age of 65 did not have underlying health conditions. Seven people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old and two of these individuals did not have underlying health conditions. One person was between the ages of 18 to 40 years old and had underlying health conditions. Three deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and one death by the City of Pasadena. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 1170 new cases.
To date, Public Health has identified 7,530 cases across all areas of LA County, including 198 deaths. As of today, 1,714 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (23% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA county, with over 36,000 individuals tested and 15% of people testing positive.
Public Health has noted that everyone should wear cloth face coverings when interacting with others while obtaining or providing essential supplies and services. Individuals should use a clean face covering anytime they will be in contact with other people who are not household members in public or private spaces. N95 and surgical masks should only be used by healthcare workers, first responders, essential workers providing care for people who are ill, and people who are ill. The best community and individual defense against COVID-19 is to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid being around sick people, practice physical distancing, especially by staying at home and wearing a face covering when out procuring or providing essential services.
“Our hearts go out to every family who has experienced loss related to this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “I want to acknowledge that for many residents, this week represents some of the holiest days of your faith traditions and the inability to fellowship in familiar ways makes celebrating this year particularly difficult. We are grateful to all the accommodations being made to allow people to connect spiritually, while remaining physically distant.”
Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov .
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