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WEDNESDAY'S UPDATE: July 1, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Wednesday confirmed an additional 35 deaths and 2,002 COVID-19 cases, making it the fourth day in a row that the county has reported over 2,000 new cases in one day.
The county's totals now stands at 105,507 confirmed cases and 3,402 deaths, though officials noted that Wednesday's numbers do not account for lab results from one of the larger testing labs.
Officials also highlighted the number of people currently hospitalized, 1,889, which is the largest number of people hospitalized with the virus since early May, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
MONDAY'S UPDATE: June 29, 2020
Health officials said Los Angeles County had more than 100,000 total coronavirus cases so far and reported the highest number of new cases so far on Monday.
Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said there were 2,903 new coronavirus cases and 22 additional deaths. There were also 1,710 patients currently hospitalized.
Several counties in California, including Los Angeles, have seen a surge in cases in recent weeks, prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom to order the closure of bars.
Last week, L.A. County health officials projected that one in 400 individuals were infected with COVID-19 and not isolated. Today, that estimate is at 1 in 140 - marking a threefold increase, it was announced at the briefing.
SUNDAY'S UPDATE: June 28, 2020
Officials said Los Angeles County bars must close following an order Gov. Gavin Newsom issued on Sunday in response to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases across the state.
The County Health Officer Order will be amended on Sunday to require that all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in the county close "unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants," according to a news release.
Health officials also confirmed an additional 20 deaths and 2,542 new coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County, bringing the region's totals to 3,305 deaths and 97,894 cases.
SATURDAY'S UPDATE: June 27, 2020
Health officials on Saturday confirmed an additional 23 deaths and 2,169 new coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County, bringing the region's totals to 3,285 deaths and 95,371 cases.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported "significant increases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and the testing positivity rate." The 7-day average of new cases was over 1,900; the average two weeks ago was 1,379 cases.
Friday's UPDATE: June 26, 2020
The coronavirus testing site at Dodger Stadium continued to see long lines and long wait times on Friday at the end of a week in which California set record numbers of daily COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, CVS is ramping up its COVID-19 testing by offering more locations with available testing, including many throughout Southern California. The following CVS locations will now have on-site testing available: Anaheim, Long Beach, Huntington Park, Inglewood, Murrieta, Norco, Oxnard and Victorville.
Test results through CVS will take about three days to process, officials said.
Wednesday's UPDATE: June 24, 2020
No COVID-19 testing appointments will be available until this weekend in the city and county of Los Angeles.
Two of the reasons for the testing shortage are a change in vendors and the city is updating its registration platform. L.A. has stopped accepting appointments at city-operated sites as it works to make those changes. Meanwhile, the county is experiencing high demand.
The city says it is working on adding new appointments, and on Monday, June 29, L.A. County will open more than a dozen new testing sites.
TUESDAY'S UPDATE: June 23, 2020
California reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases in its daily update Tuesday, the highest number reported in a single day since the pandemic began, according to The Associated Press. The state reported a total of 183,073 confirmed cases to date. There have been almost 3.5 million tests conducted in California.
The increase is coming as the state continues to allow more businesses to reopen.
State officials note that the more critical numbers reflecting hospitalization rates are showing only a "slight uptick" in the 14-day average. There are 3,868 hospitalizations involving confirmed cases with 1,225 in the ICU. There are another 1,197 hospitalizations that are suspected, but not confirmed cases, with 196 in the ICU.
Overall there have been 5,550 fatalities in the state, a one-day increase of 65 deaths.
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Anyone trying to register online for free COVID-19 testing in Los Angeles city and county may be having difficulty making an appointment, officials said Tuesday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the system was showing that all available appointments were taken.
This is due to at least two reasons:
1. The city of Los Angeles is temporarily not allowing appointments past Wednesday, June 24 as the city moves to a new vendor and registration platform. The city has also been paring down its testing sites and available slots.
2. The county's testing sites outside the city are full through the end of the week. Later on Tuesday, the county expects to make appointment slots available for this coming weekend. The county is also planning to open additional testing sites next week.
There may be other options for immediate testing, including private health providers and free sites run independent of the city and county. More information on testing is available here.
MONDAY'S UPDATE: June 22, 2020
Health officials on Monday confirmed an additional 18 deaths and 2,571 new coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County, bringing the region's totals to 3,137 deaths and 85,942 cases.
Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer also noted that Monday was the third time within one week that there were at least 2,000 new cases of coronavirus infection.
Health officials said an increase in community transmission is contributing to the increase in new cases in the region.
Mayor Eric Garcetti also announced new thermal imaging cameras for Los Angeles International Airport. They are being tested at the Bradley terminal. The cameras can check someone's temperature as they walk into the airport.
SUNDAY'S UPDATE: June 21, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Sunday confirmed an additional 11 deaths and 1,784 new coronavirus cases, bringing the region's totals to 3,120 deaths and 83,397 cases.
SATURDAY'S UPDATE: June 20, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Saturday confirmed 48 additional deaths and 2,056 new coronavirus cases, a large number which is due in part to delays in lab reporting, officials said.
The county's totals now stand at 81,636 confirmed cases since the onset of the pandemic and 3,110 deaths as a result.
FRIDAY'S UPDATE: June 19, 2020
As more businesses were given the green light to begin reopening, Los Angeles County officials on Friday confirmed an additional 38 deaths and 1,414 new coronavirus cases. The region's death toll now stands 3,063 and total number of confirmed cases at 79,609 since the onset of the pandemic.
Ninety-three percent of those who have died in the county as a result of COVID-19 had underlying health conditions.
THURSDAY'S UPDATE: June 18, 2020
Los Angeles County health officials confirmed an additional 36 deaths and 1,051 new cases of coronavirus. The totals now stand at 78,227 cases since the pandemic began and 3,027 deaths in the county. Ninety-four percent of the people who have died had underlying health conditions. There are 1,429 people who are currently hospitalized. More than 868,000 tests have been conducted, with an 8% positive rate.
WEDNESDAY'S UPDATE: June 17, 2020
Los Angeles County health officials confirmed on Wednesday an additional 34 deaths and 2,129 cases of COVID-19. The totals now stand at 77,189 cases and 2,991 deaths. There are also 1,420 patients currently hospitalized.
Health officials said more than 853,000 people have been tested for coronavirus and 8% have tested positive.
Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the death rate in Los Angeles County is decreasing but people are still dying.
TUESDAY'S UPDATE: June 16, 2020
Health officials in Los Angeles County on Monday confirmed an additional 33 deaths and 1,337 cases of COVID-19. The totals now stand at 75,162 cases and 2,960 deaths.
MONDAY'S UPDATE: June 15, 2020
Health officials in Los Angeles County on Monday confirmed an additional 19 deaths and 1,071 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's totals to 2,926 deaths and 73,791 confirmed cases.
Those numbers are being closely monitored by officials as more and more restrictions are loosened across the region. Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said that county officials visited 2,000 restaurants over the weekend and found that 50 percent of them were not in compliance with county requirements.
"There should be no places where tables are right next to each other. They either need a six-foot barrier or a physical barrier," Ferrer said in response to a reporter's question about instances where tables were too close together at some restaurants.
However, Ferrer noted that the other half of restaurants were in compliance, which is a good sign.
SUNDAY'S UPDATE: June 14, 2020
LA County health officials on Sunday confirmed an additional 17 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,003 new cases, bringing the totals to 73,018 cases and 2,907 deaths.
SATURDAY'S UPDATE: June 13, 2020
Los Angeles County health officials on Saturday confirmed an additional 58 coronavirus-related deaths in Los Angeles County and 1,568 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's totals to 2,890 deaths and 72,023 confirmed cases.
FRIDAY'S UPDATE: June 12, 2020
Officials on Friday confirmed an additional 20 coronavirus-related deaths in Los Angeles County and 1,633 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's totals to 2,832 deaths and 70,476 confirmed cases.
County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer noted that 500 of the new cases reflect delayed reporting from one particular testing lab.
Friday marks the first day that businesses like gyms, day camps and more across the county can begin to reopen with certain health protocols put in place. Ferrer stressed the fact that those are required and are not recommended.
THURSDAY'S UPDATE: June 11, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Thursday confirmed an additional 46 new deaths and 1,857 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the totals to 68,875 cases and 2,813 deaths.
WEDNESDAY'S UPDATE: June 10, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Wednesday confirmed an additional 61 new deaths and 1,275 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the totals to 67,064 cases and 2,768 deaths.
Officials also announced that they will modify the county's health order to allow for several more businesses to resume operations, including gyms, day camps and professional sports facilities without spectators starting Friday.
TUESDAY'S UPDATE: June 9, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday confirmed an additional 56 new deaths and 1,225 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the totals to 65,822 cases and 2,707 deaths.
MONDAY'S UPDATE: June 8, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Monday confirmed an additional 11 new deaths and 869 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the totals to 64,690 cases and 2,656 deaths.
Due to the long incubation period for the virus, it's unclear if large protests across the county and nation has led to an increase in cases. However, officials continue to stress that the virus can be spread by someone who doesn't know they have it.
"There is, unequivocally, asymptomatic spread. I don't want anyone to get confused that people who are asymptomatic may not be capable of spreading. They are in fact capable of spreading and we all need to keep that in mind," said county public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.
SUNDAY'S UPDATE: June 7, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Sunday confirmed an additional 25 new deaths and 1,523 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the totals to 63,844 cases and 2,645 deaths.
SATURDAY'S UPDATE: June 6, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Saturday confirmed an additional 56 deaths and 1,329 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's totals to 62,338 cases and 2,620 fatalities.
FRIDAY'S UPDATE: June 5, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Friday confirmed an additional 36 deaths and 1,445 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's totals to 61,045 cases and 2,565 fatalities.
As large groups of people gather for protests across the region and country, county health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the potential for the spread of the virus is still present and urged caution.
If you come in close contact for at least 15 minutes with others who weren't wearing a mask, and suspect you may have been exposed, Ferrer says you must isolate yourself from others.
Even if you get tested right away, she said, there's a strong likelihood the results will come back as negative due to the long incubation period of COVID-19.
THURSDAY'S UPDATE: June 4, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Thursday confirmed an additional 44 deaths and 1,469 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's totals to 59,650 cases and 2,531 fatalities.
WEDNESDAY'S UPDATE: June 3, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Wednesday confirmed an additional 46 deaths and 1,155 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's totals to 58,234 cases and 2,489 fatalities.
TUESDAY'S UPDATE: June 2, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday confirmed an additional 60 deaths and 1,202 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's totals to 57,118 cases and 2,443 fatalities.
MONDAY'S UPDATE: June 1, 2020
Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer confirmed the death of a pregnant woman, whose fetus also died, and the county's first known case of a jail inmate due to the virus.
Officials also confirmed 978 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday and 22 additional deaths, bringing the county's totals to 55,968 cases and 2,384 fatalities.
Dr. Ferrer also announced four more deaths among the county's homeless population, raising the number of homeless who have died from the virus to 11.
In addition to the latest figures, Dr. Ferrer also commented on the death of George Floyd. She tied together Floyd's death and the impact of COVID-19 on the black community in Los Angeles County.
"We know that black Americans fair worse than other groups on virtually every measure of health status. And it has become all too common to blame this on individual behaviors, when in fact, the science is clear. The root cause of health inequity is racism and discrimination and how it limits access to the very opportunities and resources each of us need for optimal health and well-being. Science also tells us that lifetime stress associated with experiences of daily acts of discrimination and oppression play a major role."
FRIDAY'S UPDATE: May 29, 2020
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the "L.A. Al Fresco" program which will offer temporary, no-cost allowances for restaurants to provide outdoor dining on sidewalks and private parking lots in Los Angeles. More information about the program can be found here.
Los Angeles County officials on Friday confirmed an additional 50 deaths and nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases. County pubic health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the 1,824 cases that they reported includes a backlog of some 500 cases from one testing lab.
The region's total case count now stands at 51,562.
Los Angeles County restaurants are allowed to reopen for limited dine-in service, as could hair salons, with the state on Friday approving the county's request to move deeper into California's roadmap for restarting the economy.
THURSDAY'S UPDATE: May 28, 2020
The number of deaths as a result of the coronavirus increased to 2,241 in Los Angeles County, with officials on Thursday confirming an additional 48 deaths and 1,094 new cases of COVID-19. The region's total case count now stands at 49,774.
There are currently 1,477 individuals hospitalized with the virus, 27 percent of which are in the ICU, authorities said.
WEDNESDAY'S UPDATE: May 27, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Wednesday confirmed an additional 933 COVID-19 cases and 53 deaths in the county, bringing the region's totals to 48,700 cases and 2,195 fatalities. Currently, there are a total of 1,477 patients hospitalized due to COVID-19, authorities said.
TUESDAY'S UPDATE: May 26, 2020
Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday reported 1,843 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day total of new cases in the region since the onset of the pandemic. However, county officials said the large number is partially due to a backlog in testing results.
Officials also reported an additional 27 deaths, bringing the county's death toll to 2,143.
MONDAY'S UPDATE: May 25, 2020
Officials on Monday confirmed an additional 1,047 COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths in Los Angeles County, bringing the region's death toll to 2,116. The total number of positive cases across the county now stands at 46,018.
SUNDAY'S UPDATE: May 24, 2020
Officials on Sunday confirmed an additional 14 deaths in Los Angeles County, bringing the region's death toll to 2,104, and 940 new COVID-19 cases. The total number of positive cases across the county now stands at 44,988.
SATURDAY'S UPDATE: May 23, 2020
Officials on Saturday confirmed an additional 41 deaths in Los Angeles County, bringing the region's death toll to 2,090, and 1,032 new COVID-19 cases. The total number of positive cases across the county now stands at 44,055.
Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions and 14 percent of individuals who tested positive for the virus were hospitalized at one point.
FRIDAY'S UPDATE: May 22, 2020
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday that parking lots at Cabrillo Beach and Venice Beach have been allowed to reopen.
During his coronavirus briefing on Friday, Mayor Garcetti also made the announcement that the Los Angeles River will reopen for recreation on Monday. Walking and biking will be permitted -- and visitors should wear masks or face shields and practice physical distancing. More information can be found here.
The COVID-19 death rate is four times higher for L.A. County residents living in poverty compared to those who are not, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said on Friday.
"We continue to see that people who live in areas with high rates of poverty have now almost four times the rate of deaths from COVID-19 at 41 deaths per 100,000 people compared with those people who are living in communities with very low poverty levels, where the death rates are 11 deaths per 100,000. The data remains deeply disturbing and it will require a lot of collaboration and work with our partners to address the inequities," Ferrer said at the daily county briefing.
Also at the briefing, Ferrer confirmed an additional 35 deaths and 1,072 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's total to 2,049 fatalities and 43,052 cases.
May 21, 2020
Officials on Thursday confirmed an additional 46 deaths and 1,204 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's total to 42,037 confirmed cases.
The county reached a "very sad milestone" as county public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced that the region now has seen over 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths. That figure puts the rate of death at more than 20 deaths per 100,000 people in L.A. County.
That's a stark comparison to San Francisco County, which has only seen 37 deaths as of May 20, with just about four deaths per 100,000 people. New York City on the other hand has a death rate of about 240 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University. The city has seen nearly 21,000 COVID-19 deaths.
May 20, 2020
Health officials on Wednesday confirmed an additional 57 deaths and 1,324 new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County. There are now 40,857 positive coronavirus cases and 1,970 total deaths across the county.
Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the sharp increase in new cases is due to a backlog from testing over the weekend.
The state-funded Los Angeles Surge Hospital is expected to close at the end of June.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the hospital opened five weeks ago at the former Saint Vincent Medical Center to treat an anticipated overflow of coronavirus cases.
A source in Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration told the Times that it was set up to handle as many as 270 patients a day but has never had more than 25 patients at a time.
May 19, 2020
Mayor Eric Garcetti says pet groomers and car washes are now allowed to reopen.
The city and county have slowly been allowing different types of retail businesses to operate for curbside pickup. Garcetti said as of Tuesday that now applies to retail pet groomers, mobile pet grooming services and staffed car washes. Previously only automated and self-service car washes were allowed to open.
Those businesses must still follow the county's protocol for businesses. That means they are open for curbside service, but customers may not go inside. Mobile pet groomers must maintain social distancing and are not allowed to go inside customers' homes.
"Customers will be allowed to drop off and pick up their pets outside the store," Garcetti said. "But like other retail that has opened, only employees can enter these shops, so you must give your pet to the groomer outside the store."
The county's business operating protocols are available here.
Officials on Tuesday confirmed an additional 76 deaths and 1,183 new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County. In total, there are now 39,573 positive cases and 1,913 deaths across the county.
Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the jump in new cases is due to a backlog from testing over the weekend.
Officials announced Tuesday they are aiming for a "safe reopening" of Los Angeles County as early as July 4. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger expressed a goal for reopening on July 4 during a meeting with the Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force on Tuesday.
May 18, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out early guidance for much of the state to move into further reopening in the coming weeks, including hair salons and even sporting events. California is relaxing some of its reopening criteria and that could mean most of the state may soon be offering services such as dining at restaurants. The criteria announced Monday by Gov. Newsom applies to counties that want to reopen faster than the state. While retail may open for curbside pickup statewide, restrictions on dining in at restaurants and other services are still in place statewide. Newsom estimated 53 of 58 counties could meet the new criteria.
Officials on Monday confirmed an additional 18 deaths and 477 new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County. In total, there are now 38,451 positive cases and 1,839 deaths across the county.
County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer noted that the relatively low number of new cases is partly due to the fact that most testing labs are closed over the weekend.
May 17, 2020
Los Angeles County health officials on Sunday confirmed an additional 29 additional deaths and 694 new COVID-19 cases. In total, there are now 37, 974 cases and 1,821 deaths in the county.
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore is pushing for rapid COVID-19 testing for every person arrested by the LAPD.
Moore says he wants the testing that provides results in 15 minutes and he's asking the city of L.A. to provide the equipment, though the accuracy of those rapid tests is still in question.
He says jails are currently testing new arrives, but those results show up in days, not minutes, adding that faster test results could help isolate sick detainees.
May 16, 2020
Officials on Saturday confirmed an additional 40 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,073 new cases in Los Angeles County, bringing the region's death toll to 1,793 and total case count to 37,303.
May 15, 2020
Officials on Friday confirmed an additional 47 coronavirus-related deaths and 962 new cases in Los Angeles County, bringing the region's death toll to 1,755 and total case count to 36,259.
For the first time in about two months, Los Angeles County couples will be able to make marriage license appointments starting Monday.
The L.A. County Registrar Recorder and County Clerk closed their offices in March.
Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom implemented an executive order allowing marriage licenses to be issued using video conferencing.
The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that 17 recruits tested positive for coronavirus.
Among them are nine police officer recruits and eight jailer trainees at the Ahmanson Recruit Training Center.
Officials told the Los Angeles Times that they are now implementing weekly testing for academy classes and instructors.
May 14, 2020
Los Angeles County health officials on Thursday confirmed an additional 51 deaths and 925 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the totals to 1,709 fatalities and 35,329 cases. In addition, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced that 865 people who were living in institutional settings died from COVID-19, representing 51% of all deaths in the county. Thursday was the first day deaths in institutional settings accounted for more than half of all deaths in the county.
May 13, 2020
Officials on Wednesday confirmed an additional 47 deaths and 1,659 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's total to 34,428
May 12, 2020
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County now stands at 33,180 after health officials on Sunday announced 45 additional COVID-19 deaths and 961 new cases. The region's death toll increased to 1,613.
The LAUSD is moving forward with its typical summer school session next month - but this year it will be "online only" starting on June 24. Students can sign up for classes starting next Monday. Also the L.A. Archdiocese says its 265 Catholic Schools will continue remote learning through the end of the academic year. The archdiocese serves about 73,000 students in L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Los Angeles County officials are recommending that the stay-at-home order be extended for the next three months as the region continues efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
At a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, county Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the order will "with all certainty" be extended unless there is a "dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand."
May 11, 2020
Officials on Monday confirmed an additional 39 coronavirus-related deaths in Los Angeles County as well as 591 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's case total to 32,258. The county's death toll now stands at 1,569.
County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the lower numbers reflect that many testing labs are closed over the weekend.
Nearly 1,700 patients are currently hospitalized with the virus, but Ferrer said there has been a "small but steady decrease."
Los Angeles County beaches are inching closer to reopening, with officials eyeing midweek for active recreational activities to resume with a range of new guidelines.
A spokesperson for the county's Department of Beaches and Harbors said the opening day has not been solidified yet, but officials are working on a four-phase plan to gradually lift restrictions.
The initial stage would reportedly allow beaches to open from sunrise to sunset but would not allow people to set up umbrellas or congregate in groups.