L.A. County stories 1,177 new COVID circumstances and 29 deaths

Los Angeles County public well being officers on Saturday reported 1,177 new confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 and 29 extra associated deaths.

The report brings the county’s whole variety of circumstances to 253,176 and deaths to six,197, officers mentioned.

Among the many new circumstances, 71% had been folks youthful than 50, in accordance with the Public Well being Division. These ages 30 to 49 accounted for 35% of the full, essentially the most of any age group.

L.A. County Public Well being Director Barbara Ferrer referred to as for the younger to be extra vigilant.

“We’d like the assistance of our youthful county residents to sluggish the unfold much more than we’re doing now, in order that we are able to transfer into decrease tiers that permit for the reopening of extra enterprise sectors and faculties,” Ferrer mentioned. “This implies this isn’t the time for nonessential actions and social gatherings, however a time for distancing and avoiding shut contact with folks you don’t reside with.”

Well being officers urged all residents to reduce nonessential actions reminiscent of eating out. They pointed to a new report from the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention that on-site eating and ingesting outdoors the house are among the many riskiest actions for COVID-19 transmission.

Of the 29 folks whose deaths had been reported Saturday, 9 had been older than 80, eight had been between 65 and 79, three had been between 50 and 64, two had been between 30 and 49, and one was between 18 and 29. Nineteen had underlying well being circumstances, together with six who had been older than 80.

Of all county COVID-19 deaths for whom details about race and ethnicity is accessible, 51% had been Latino, 23% white, 15% Asian, 10% Black and fewer than 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

The Public Well being Division reported 877 folks hospitalized with COVID-19 on Saturday, a 3rd of them within the ICU. Testing outcomes can be found for greater than 2.44 million people, with 10% testing constructive.

Data on reopening protocols and security measures is on the Public Health Department’s website.

The division additionally introduced Saturday that as a result of unhealthy air attributable to the area’s fires, some L.A. County COVID-19 testing websites can be closed by means of the weekend.

Testing was suspended Saturday at East L.A. School (Monterey Park), Pomona Fairplex Gate 17, San Gabriel Valley Airport (El Monte) and Montebello Civic Heart. These websites, in addition to School of the Canyons (Santa Clarita), will stay closed Sunday.

Notification was being despatched to residents who had appointments at these websites to reschedule. Identical-day and next-day appointments are nonetheless obtainable at testing websites throughout L.A. County.