County Officials Discuss Spike of COVID-19 in Younger Demographics


Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Chair Pro Tem, First District (Screen Shot)

Los Angeles County Officials provided update on the escalation of COVID-19 has taken. The L.A. director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer disclosed the latest numbers surrounding the outbreak, numbers are showing a rise in hospitalization and community transmission. The numbers reflect that more people are contracting the virus, public officials stressed the caution that is needed in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Supervisor Hilda Solis described Los Angeles being in “critical juncture.” Less than two weeks ago the rate of infectious people was 1 out of 400, presently the current ratio is reflecting 1 out of 140 people are infectious.  Solis stated, “I want to be very clear about this, COVID-19 affects everyone, its not limited to people who are 65 or those who have medical conditions. Instead we continue to learn about young experiencing people severe impacts from COVID-19.” Solis continued to shed light on the spike of transmission happening among younger ages, between 18-40.

Solis announced the movement on the table that was in deliberation on July 7, to close one of Los Angeles’ largest correctional facilities; Men’s Central Jail looks to be shut down in one year. In retrospect, the supervisors reflected on the role of mental health within the justice system and found that mental health issues should not equate into carrying out time imprisoned without healing treatment.

Gatherings remain prohibited, outdoor life has taken a step back over the course of this month, restaurant regressed business to only allow pick-up or delivery services and beaches along with other recreational activities met restricting limitations. The Mayor described the halt in activity as a “hard pause” and disclosed there will be no more firms or sectors opening until the numbers are stable.

latest numbers surrounding coronavirus shared on July 8, reflected 65 additional deaths, 34 of these individuals were between the ages of 65 and over, 33 of them with underlining health conditions. 23 people who died were between the ages of 41-65, 13 victims had preexisting health concerns. Five individuals were below the age of 40, four of them had underlining medical conditions, this brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the L.A. County to 3,642.

Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director, Public Health (Screen Shot)

The relationship between COVID-19 infection and ethnicity were provided. The racial background collected from 3,389 fatal cases shown 11% were African American, 16% were Asian, less than 1% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 45% were LatinX, 27% were white, and 1% identified as a different race or ethnicity. 14% of all positive cases were hospitalized at some point. 93% of those who died due to COVID-19 had preexisting health concerns.

Ferrer disclosed on Wednesday, there were 2,496 new COVID-19 reports. In summary, there is a total amount of 123,004 coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles region. 4,690 incidents were reported in the city of Long Beach and 1,415 cases in the city of Pasadena. Amid the unsheltered, there were 759 positive cases, 277 victims were temporarily housed in a shelter and have been properly isolated.

The Los Angeles Director of Public Health Dr. Ferrer disclosed a data report on the spread of coronavirus. Statistics are showing an increase in infection among younger demographics, hospitalization, and the overall community death rate is still in the double digits. Community leadership grows wary of the numbers reflecting an increase of cases and they look to deliberate an action plan that prohibits further infection.