Los Angeles County Department of Public Health | Los Angeles County COVID-19 Update: 1,035 New Cases, 52 Deaths 4/24/2020
County officials provide updates, and answer questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic for April 24, 2020.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 52 new deaths and 1,035 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Forty-three people who died were over the age of 65; seven people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 to 40 years old. Forty-two people had underlying health conditions including 34 people over the age of 65, seven people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and one person between the ages of 18 to 40 years old. One death was reported by the City of Pasadena.
To date, Public Health has identified 18,517 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 848 deaths. Ninety percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 771 people (97 percent of the cases); 37% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 28% among White residents, 18% among Asian residents, 15% among African American residents, 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 26 cases and one death reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 4,211 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (24% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for over 108,000 individuals and 15% of people testing positive.
A new Health Officer Order is being issued for all licensed congregate healthcare facilities. The order includes measures intended to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in these facilities and to protect vulnerable residents, as well as staff. The measures include, restricting all visitors, suspending all communal dining and activities to ensure physical distancing, screening frequent temperature checks for staff, patients and residents, and testing for all employees and residents. Staff will be required to wear surgical masks at all times and personal protective equipment when appropriate. Residents will also need to wear surgical masks or cloth face coverings when they are outside of their personal room.
“To those of you who are grieving the loss of a loved one to COVID-19, we are deeply sorry for your loss and wish you peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Los Angeles County has done an amazing job at following the Safer at Home Order and helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for relaxing the Order in the future, we need to make sure safeguards are in place to avoid a surge in hospitalizations that will overwhelm our healthcare system, and to avoid more preventable deaths. We want to make it safe for as many people to be able to work as possible while still slowing the spread of COVID-19.”
As the LA County family continues planning for recovery, Public Health has identified four measures that must occur in order to modify provisions in the Safer at Home Order and safely reopen certain businesses, institutions, and public spaces. When the Safer at Home Order is relaxed, people will be around one another more and this will increase the risk and likely the rate of transmission and cases in the county. Recovery Prerequisites:
Public Health reminds everyone that if you are ill, even with mild symptoms, please self- isolate at home for 7 days and until you are fever and symptom free for 72 hours. If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed to be infected with COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days from your last contact with that individual. Individuals who are elderly or who have underlying health conditions may be at higher risk of serious illness and should contact their doctor as soon as they are sick. The best protection against COVID-19 is to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, self-isolate if you are sick, practice physical distancing (especially by staying at home) and wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household.
Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov .(c) 2020 SCVTV