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Coronavirus Los Angeles update July 20: Latinas represent majority of cases among pregnant women, officials say

LOS ANGELES — Here are the current numbers of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and across Southern California:

  • Los Angeles County: 159,045 confirmed cases, 4,104 deaths
  • Orange County: 24,715 cases, 423 deaths
  • Riverside County: 24,765 confirmed cases, 537 deaths
  • San Bernardino County: 19,502 cases, 307 deaths
  • Ventura County: 4,246 cases, 53 deaths
  • San Diego County: 19,929 cases, 422 deaths
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    MONDAY’S UPDATE: July 20, 2020

    Health officials said on Monday that recent data shows Latinas represent the majority of COVID-19 cases among pregnant women in Los Angeles County.

    Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said pregnant women are “a group that we watch closely because according to new information recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely to be hospitalized and are at increased risk of ICU admission and for being placed on mechanical ventilation when compared to non-pregnant women.”

    “This is also an area where healthcare inequities are quite pronounced, which is something we should all be concerned about,” she added.

    Officials said as of July 17, there were 812 cases of COVID-19 among pregnant women in the county. Of that total number, 638, or 79%, were symptomatic at the time of testing and 21% were asymptomatic. There has only been one COVID-19 death among pregnant women in the county.

    Data showed pregnant Latinas are the most likely pregnant women to become positive for COVID-19. They represent three out of every four cases of COVID-19 among pregnant women.

    “Unfortunately, this inequity is a mirror image of the inequity the Latinx community has experienced since the beginning of the pandemic,” Dr. Ferrer said.

    Dr. Ferrer said many Latinas or their partners are essential workers, and because of that, they are at a higher risk of being exposed to coronavirus at work and at home.

    “In addition to this, many Latinx workers may also be low-wage workers that have little control over their working conditions and little flexibility to change their job duties in a way that enables them to work from home. This is another reason why we are so insistent that employers need to ensure they are compliant with every single one of the workplace protocols,” said Dr. Ferrer.

    Dr. Ferrer said “Latinx” workers are not only becoming infected at a higher rate than others, but they are more likely to bring the infection home to a family members, including their pregnant partners.

    Health officials also confirmed 9 additional deaths and 3,160 new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County. The county totals stand at 159,045 cases and 4,104 deaths.

    Dr. Ferrer said there have been about an average of 3,100 new cases since last week.

    SUNDAY’S UPDATE: July 19, 2020

    Los Angeles County is reporting its highest-ever number of hospitalizations in a single day from the coronavirus. The county is reporting 2,216 people currently hospitalized, surpassing the previous record of 2,193 that was seen on July 15.

    The county reported 2,848 new cases on Sunday along with 11 additional deaths.

    More than half of the total number of cases of coronavirus in Los Angeles County are in people who are 41 years old or younger. The trend has continued to move younger in contrast to the start of the pandemic when the older population was seeing higher numbers of cases and hospitalizations.

    More than 1.5 million tests have been conducted in LA County, with a positivity rate of 10%, a number that has crept upward in recent weeks as the entire state sees a surge in cases.

    FRIDAY’S UPDATE: July 17, 2020

    Mayor Eric Garcetti says the city and county are providing an additional $10 million to local small businesses that did not receive help from the federal paycheck protection program. The Los Angeles Regional COVID-19 Recovery Program is providing grants in six rounds of approvals. More information about applying is available here.

    Also, the city has partnered with artist Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One to produce a graphic that can be printed as a poster to remind people to wear masks. The graphic can be downloaded here.

    Garcetti said the city has received 549 complaints about businesses not following health protocols for remaining open during the pandemic. The city is relaunching its Business Ambassadors program, in which dozens of city workers visit businesses where problems have been reported to remind and educate them about the proper procedures.

    THURSDAY’S UPDATE: July 16, 2020

    Health officials on Thursday reported the county’s highest one-day total of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. The county reported 4,592 new cases in its Thursday update, along with 59 additional deaths. That broke the single-day record which was set just earlier this week

    The new county total is 147,468 positive cases since the pandemic started and 3,988 deaths.

    The record comes as the entire state of California is reporting a new surge in cases, believed to be tied to the reopening of businesses and activities.

    RELATED: Here’s why LA County is seeing an increase in COVID cases, but decline in deaths

    WEDNESDAY’S UPDATE: July 15, 2020

    Health officials on Wednesday said hospitalization rates are at the highest now since the onset of the pandemic in Los Angeles County.

    “In the last few weeks, hospitalizations have increased significantly, and we are on a upward trajectory. The shift from declining rates to increasing rates happened very rapidly, and we now see a three-day average of over 2,000 people hospitalized on a given day, which is more people hospitalized each day for COVID-19 than at any other point during the pandemic,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said on Wednesday.

    Officials said there’s a higher rate of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County in areas with poverty.

    Officials also confirmed 44 additional deaths and 2,758 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,932 and total cases to 143,009.

    MONDAY’S UPDATE: July 13, 2020

    Health officials on Monday reported a sharp increase in COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace in Los Angeles County.

    Between March 15 and July 11, outbreaks in the workplace increased from less than 5 cases to more than 40.

    Officials also confirmed 13 additional deaths and 2,593 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,822 and total cases to 136,129.

    SUNDAY’S UPDATE: July 12, 2020

    Los Angeles County officials confirmed 18 new deaths and 3,322 new COVID-19 cases.

    Nearly 2,100 people are hospitalized, with 26% in the ICU and 19% on ventilators. Officials noted the hospitalization rate “remains substantially higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen four weeks ago.”

    The county totals stand at 133,549 cases and 3,809 deaths.

    SATURDAY’S UPDATE: July 11, 2020

    1 p.m.

    Los Angeles County officials confirmed 57 new deaths and 2,916 new COVID-19 cases. More than 2,000 people are currently hospitalized, with 27% in the ICU and 18% on ventilators. Officials noted the hospitalization rate “remains substantially higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen four weeks ago.”

    The county totals stand at 130,242 cases and 3,793 deaths.

    Testing results are available for over 1,313,000 individuals, with 9% of all people testing positive.

    6 a.m.

    L.A. Apparel’s manufacturing facility won’t reopen anytime soon after a deadly coronavirus outbreak.

    County health officials say they’ve ordered the continued closure of the South Los Angeles facility after more than 300 workers there contracted the virus. Four workers have died.

    The facility on 59th Street was originally closed on June 27.

    Inspectors say they found “flagrant” violations of safety protocols and the company refused to cooperate with what was then about 150 cases.

    There has been no comment from L.A. Apparel yet.

    FRIDAY’S UPDATE: July 10, 2020

    The number of coronavirus hospitalizations in Los Angeles County continues to be of concern to public health officials as the numbers have steadily been increasing. Just over 2,030 people in the county are currently in the hospital after testing positive for the virus.

    The county has seen a drop in testing, which officials say is partially due to testing site closures over Fourth of July weekend as well as increased demand.

    On June 26, the county reached an average of 26,173 tests administered in one day. On July 4, that number dropped down to 15,276.

    “Up until even a week ago, there were thousands of unused slots that were available across the city and the county every week,” said Dr. Christina Ghaly, the director of the L.A. County Department of Health Services, during a Wednesday press conference. “So there really was adequate testing. It’s really only over the past one to two weeks where that mismatch of supply and demand has become increasingly apparent.”

    She added that it’s very likely that testing access will “continue to be insufficient” in the days and weeks to come.

    County public health officials on Friday confirmed an additional 51 deaths and 2,667 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region’s totals to 127,358 cases and 3,738 deaths.

    THURSDAY’S UPDATE: July 9, 2020

    4 p.m.

    Los Angeles County officials on Thursday confirmed an additional 50 deaths and 1,777 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s totals to 124,738 cases and 3,698 total deaths.

    During a press briefing, county health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer was pressed about recent remarks from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti who warned the city could be placed under a second stay-at-home-order if the trend of rising cases continues.

    “We are deeply committed to being on a recovery journey and we need everyone else to be deeply commited to be on a recovery journey,” Ferrer said. “That means that we’re all in.”

    Other figures that are of concern to health officials is the county’s hospitalization rate. As of Wednesday, there were 2,037 people in the hospital with COVID-19. It’s the second day in a row that the county reported over 2,000 hospitalizations.

    9 a.m.
    Los Angeles County is changing its recommendation for who should get tested.

    After the county reopened businesses and protests erupted over the death of George Floyd, officials encouraged everyone — including people without symptoms — to get tested.

    But with both the number of cases and demand for testing going up, officials say it’s time to change who gets priority.

    “Tests should be prioritized for people who have symptoms, those who think they’ve been exposed, or are essential workers, or work in a high risk environment,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “We are receiving reports people are getting tested so they can just go out, hang out with folks. That’s not what these tests are for. A COVID test isn’t an excuse to break the rules and engage in social gatherings outside your household. It’s not an excuse to not wear a mask and not maintain social distancing. A test is not a passport to party.””

    Testing appointments in the county are booked for the rest of the week.

    The county plans to open 8 more testing sites to help.

    WEDNESDAY’S UPDATE: July 8, 2020

    Health officials reported 65 additional coronavirus deaths and 2,496 new cases, bringing the total number of deaths in Los Angeles County to 3,642 fatalities and 123,004 cases.

    Officials said there were more than 2,000 people currently hospitalized in Los Angeles County on Wednesday. About 26% of those patients were confirmed cases in the ICU and 17% were confirmed cases on ventilators. Health officials said this number remains significantly higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen four weeks ago.

    TUESDAY’S UPDATE: July 7, 2020

    The county health department reported 4,015 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the largest single-day total since the start of the pandemic. But county officials said the high numbers are due to a backlog of about 2,000 cases received from a lab reporting results from an extended holiday weekend of July 2-5. The county is also reporting 46 new deaths.

    Even accounting for the backlog, the county has been seeing an alarming rise in cases in the last week or two, believed to be linked to the reopening of businesses and activities. The county’s long-term positivity rate for the testing of 1.2 million people has been 9%, but in the last seven days, the rate has risen to 11.6%.

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have introduced an enforcement plan designed to take action against restaurants and businesses that are not in compliance with health protocols tied to reopening.

    Businesses will be subject to fines for their first violations and could have their permits pulled for repeated offenses.

    During the last weekend in June, county inspectors found nearly half of the bars and a third of restaurants were not following physical distancing protocols.

    “If you’re not in compliance, there will be a price to pay,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “Because your failure to comply causes others to pay the price with their health. We will fine you if you are out of compliance. We will shut you down.”

    MONDAY’S UPDATE: July 6, 2020

    Los Angeles County officials on Monday confirmed an additional 48 deaths and 1,584 COVID-19 cases.

    The county’s totals now stands at 116,570 confirmed cases and 3,534 deaths, though officials noted that totals on Mondays are usually lower as some results from over the weekend are still being counted.

    Officials also highlighted the number of people currently hospitalized, with 1,921 patients.

    County health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the county is seeing an alarming rise in cases among the younger population. Almost half of the newer cases are among younger people, and that demographic is also seeing an increase in hospitalizations.

    The largest testing site in the county, Dodger Stadium, was closed Monday as the nonprofit group which runs that site kept it closed for a long holiday weekend, but it is expected to reopen Tuesday. Hansen Dam was also closed on Monday. Other sites around the city and county remained open.

    SUNDAY’S UPDATE: July 5, 2020

    After a slight delay in updates, Los Angeles County officials are reporting the county’s highest-ever single-day total of new coronavirus cases. The county reported 3,187 new cases on Friday, the first time the daily update has passed the 3,000 mark.

    The county did not report numbers earlier on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as its data systems were being updated. The information for those days was reported Sunday: Over the three-day period, the county saw at least 7,232 cases, with some lab reports still to come in.

    There were only 30 new deaths reported over that three-day period, a relatively low number compared to past reports, but county officials say that number is undercounted, with a number of reported deaths still pending verification.
    Los Angeles County is now reporting a total of 115,013 COVID-19 cases and 3,485 deaths.

    The numbers come out as the county is seeing an alarming spike in coronavirus hospitalizations.

    Officials reported a 41% jump in the last three weeks.

    At the same time, the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU is up 35% in the last two weeks.

    The county’s Department of Public Health issued a memo Saturday stating that if this trajectory continues, the number of ICU beds in the county would likely become inadequate in the near future.

    SATURDAY’S UPDATE: July 3, 2020

    Health experts in Los Angeles County are asking the public to not indulge in traditional holiday activities.

    “Please avoid interaction with others who are not within your household. These are small sacrifices for all of us to take in the interest of preventing further transmission,” said Dr. Christina Ghaly, the director of L.A. County Health Services.
    Appointments won’t be available at city and county testing sites until Monday, but more people are being tested in California. Last week, the state ranked 17th in the country in testing and is currently ranked 14th.

    Although Mayor Eric Garcetti said he plans to order in, restaurants throughout the county that offer outdoor seating will be open for business.

    “Outdoor spaces, properly spaced are very safe. That’s not the place you’re probably going to get an infection. It’s in a closed environment for more than 10 minutes. Six feet or less,” Garcetti said.

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