Mark McDermott

The South Bay now has 61 COVID-19 cases; LA County confirms 128 new cases, raising total to 662, including the first death of someone under 18 years old

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The LA County Public Health Department Tuesday confirmed 128 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths, bringing the countywide total to 662 cases and 11 deaths. Included in those numbers were 17 new cases in the South Bay, bringing the total locally to 61.

Public Health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said that one of the three deaths reported today was under age 18. 

“It’s a reminder that COVID-19 effects people of all ages,” Ferrer said.  “COVID-19 does not discriminate by age, race or income level, and what we are seeing in places like New York is indicative of what we should prepare to experience here.” 

New York has emerged as an epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States, with more than 25,000 cases and a sharply upward trajectory that shows a doubling of overall cases now occurring every three days. New York City’s health care system has been overwhelmed. Public health officials point to the exponential nature of the trajectory, or “curve,” the number of new cases over a period of time.

“While Public Health is doing everything possible to mitigate the impact of this disease in our community, we can only flatten the curve if everyone takes social distancing seriously and adheres to all isolation and quarantine orders issued by our Health Officer,” Ferrer said. 

New York City has a population of 8 million, Los Angeles County 10 million. According to numbers released earlier this week by the Public Health Department, 152 ICU beds are currently available, countywide, and the entire hospital system only possesses 650 ventilators. 

“Our hospitals are going to be overrun, and we are going to see more deaths,” said LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn. 

Public health officials have tried to convey that “flattening the curve,” staggering the number of new cases that occur over more time, is the only way to prevent the health care system from quickly experiencing a surge beyond its capacity to handle. Ferrer said today that 18 percent of all positive cases thus far in the County have been hospitalized. 

Hahn said aggressive social distancing measures are being implemented with numbers like this in mind. 

“I don’t think people understand how aggressive and contagious and vicious this virus really is,” Hahn said. “We are making these decisions only after we’ve thought about them through and through, and really understood the consequences. For me, it’s about public health, and stemming the tide and spread of this virus, which we have not been able to do yet. And that’s scary….It’s not getting any better.” 

In the South Bay, Manhattan Beach has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases with 11, followed by Lomita with 9, Carson with 8, Redondo Beach with 7, and Hawthorne with 6. The 17 new cases confirmed Tuesday are the largest single-day increase thus far. Ferrer said at today’s briefing that she was preparing to share more information on institutional outbreaks, like that at the Kensington Redondo Beach assisted living facility, on Wednesday. 

 

Laboratory Confirmed Cases — 662 Total Cases

  • Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas) — 635*
  • Long Beach — 21
  • Pasadena — 6

Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas)

  • 0 to 17 — 10
  • 18 to 40 –268
  • 41 to 65 –250
  • over 65 –107

Hospitalization and Death (among Investigated Cases)

  • Hospitalized (Ever) 119
  • Deaths 11

CITY / COMMUNITY**

  • Agoura Hills 3
  • Alhambra 5
  • Altadena 5
  • Arcadia 4
  • Athens 1
  • Baldwin Hills 3
  • Bellflower 3
  • Beverly Hills 12
  • Beverlywood 7
  • Boyle Heights 5
  • Brentwood 31
  • Burbank 2
  • Calabasas 4
  • Canoga Park 2
  • Canyon Country 1
  • Carson 8
  • Castaic 2
  • Century City 6
  • Century Palms/Cove 1
  • Cerritos 2
  • Claremont 1
  • Cloverdale/Cochran 2
  • Compton 1
  • Covina 3
  • Crestview 7
  • Culver City 7
  • Del Rey 3
  • Diamond Bar 2
  • Downey 1
  • Downtown 3
  • Duarte 1
  • Eagle Rock 2
  • East Hollywood 1
  • East Los Angeles 3
  • Echo Park 2
  • El Segundo 2
  • Encino 12
  • Exposition Park 1
  • Florence 1
  • Gardena 1
  • Glendale 10
  • Glendora 1
  • Granada Hills 5
  • Hancock Park 7
  • Harbor Gateway 1
  • Harvard Heights 1
  • Hawthorne 6
  • Highland Park 1
  • Hollywood 19
  • Hollywood Hills 8
  • Hyde Park 1
  • Inglewood 5
  • Koreatown 5
  • La Canada Flintridge 2
  • La Mirada 3
  • La Puente 1
  • La Verne 2
  • Lake Balboa 2
  • Lakewood 3
  • Lancaster 8
  • Lawndale 2
  • Lincoln Heights 1
  • Lomita 9
  • Los Feliz 2
  • Lynwood 2
  • Manhattan Beach 11
  • Mar Vista 6
  • Melrose 26
  • Miracle Mile 7
  • Monterey Park 3
  • Mt. Washington 1
  • North Hollywood 10
  • Northridge 2
  • Norwalk 1
  • Pacific Palisades 9
  • Palmdale 2
  • Palms 6
  • Paramount 2
  • Park La Brea 8
  • Pico 1
  • Pico Rivera 1
  • Playa Vista 4
  • Porter Ranch 1
  • Rancho Palos Verdes 3
  • Redondo Beach 7
  • Reseda 4
  • San Dimas 1
  • San Fernando 2
  • San Gabriel 1
  • San Pedro 2
  • Santa Clarita 7
  • Santa Monica 16
  • Santa Monica Mountains 2
  • Sherman Oaks 10
  • Silverlake 5
  • South El Monte 1
  • South Gate 1
  • South Park 1
  • South Pasadena 3
  • South Whittier 2
  • Stevenson Ranch 2
  • Studio City 7
  • Sun Valley 2
  • Sunland 1
  • Sylmar 1
  • Tarzana 9
  • Temple 1
  • Torrance 5
  • Tujunga 1
  • University Park 1
  • Valley Glen 9
  • Van Nuys 4
  • Venice 8
  • Vermont Knolls 1
  • Vermont Vista 3
  • Vernon Central 1
  • Walnut 1
  • West Adams 3
  • West Covina 1
  • West Hills 4
  • West Hollywood 31
  • West Los Angeles 4
  • West Vernon 4
  • Westchester 3
  • Westlake 1
  • Westwood 6
  • Whittier 3
  • Wholesale District 1
  • Willowbrook 1
  • Wilmington 4
  • Wilshire Center 1
  • Winnetka 2
  • Woodland Hills 8
  • – Under Investigation 62

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