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Los Angeles Public Health Department Confirms Significant Increase in the Spread of COVID-19
By Betti Halsell Contributing Writer
Published June 22, 2020

 

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

Monday, June 22, Los Angeles County Officials shared updated news regarding the coronavirus outbreak. The numbers reflect a level of stabilization, but the current daily rate has been showing significant increase in community transmission. L.A. officials are taking precautionary steps and staying align with the California State Resiliency Road Map, however the inner-city residents are feeling the devastation coronavirus provided. famine would be the closest description to encapsulate what people are seeing below the poverty line.  Los Angeles Director of public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer shared the latest numbers surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

The last COVID-19 case count was given publicly on Monday, June 22 by Dr.Ferrer. latest numbers surrounding coronavirus reflected 18 additional deaths, 13 of these individuals were between the ages of 65 and over, nine of them with underlining health conditions. Four people who died were between the ages of 41-65, they all had preexisting health concerns. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the L.A. County to 3,137.

The relationship between COVID-19 infection and ethnicity were provided. The racial background collected from 2,918 fatal cases shown 11% were African American, 17% were Asian, slightly less than 1% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 42% were LatinX, 29% were white, and 1% identified as a different race or ethnicity. 14% of all positive cases were hospitalized at some point. Fatal cases within congregational settings such as assistant living represent 52% of overall COVID-19 deaths. 94% of those who died due to COVID-19 had preexisting health concerns.

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Ferrer disclosed on Wednesday, there were 2,571 new COVID-19 reports. She confirmed the number shows an increase in community transmission, within ten days the weekly average ratio jumped 3%.  In summary, there is a total amount of 85,942 coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles region. 2,982 incidents were reported in the city of Long Beach and 1,162 cases in the city of Pasadena. Amid the unsheltered, there were 571 positive cases, 231 victims were temporarily housed in a shelter and have been properly isolated.

“Throughout our recovery journey, we have said it is likely that the number of cases will increase as more people are out of there homes and around other people. Now its going to be very important to watch how this increase in cases translates into our daily hospitalization over the next few weeks.” Ferrer stated.

Chairwoman of L.A. board of supervisors Kathryn Barger brought light to the tremendous need for the help of the community, to service their neighbors with food and provisions. The L.A. Regional Food Bank in collaboration with the County Office Emergency Management continues to host food distributions throughout Los Angeles.

The Department of Work Force Development Aging and Community Services provided nearly 500 thousand pounds of food through the community and senior centers. Small businesses also have stretched out palms for assistance, over 2-million dollars in resources for brick-and-mortars has been given on a countywide level. With the provided information, it is imperative to stay vigilant and alert with the following waves of information. The re-opening of businesses has already affected the spread of COVID-19 in an undesirable way, the city must continue striving for a new reality in addition to the safety of every Angeleno.

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