LA County Coronavirus Cases Near 20,000; 913 Deaths

Nick Garber

LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles County officials reported 18 more deaths from COVID-19 and 440 additional cases Sunday, raising the countywide totals to 19,528 cases and 913 deaths.

Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

"The most difficult part of the COVID-19 pandemic is losing people to the virus. To all of you who have lost loved ones, we are deeply sorry," Barbara Ferrer, the county's director of public health, said Sunday.

"As we have more information about who is dying, we are reminded that the work ahead requires that we address issues of disproportionality that result in higher rates of death among African Americans, Latinx and Asians as well as residents living in poverty. Ensuring access to testing, early treatment and care, and economic support among those communities at higher risk of devastating outcomes associated with COVID-19, is essential."

Meanwhile, high temperatures put a strain on beach and park restrictions enacted to prevent the spread of the coronavirus for the second straight day. Officials were reminding the public that beaches and parks remain closed throughout Los Angeles for the weekend.

"These closures are part of protecting the public's health and helping avoid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases like the country has seen in New York City. Currently, LA County is experiencing a more gradual increase in cases as a result of the stay at home orders and physical distancing," Santa Monica officials said. "Residents can go outside for a walk or to a local park, but everyone is encouraged to stay close to home as much as possible."

Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Santa Monica Police Department said they were not expecting to issue many citations to those who disobeyed the order, but were focusing on education. Police in the beach cities south of LAX said much the same, although Manhattan Beach police reported issuing some citations to people who refused to leave the beach.

Much larger crowds were seen at beaches in Orange County, where the public was not strictly prohibited from visiting the sand.

As of Sunday, more than 114,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus in the county, with 14% testing positive, Ferrer said.

Information about race and ethnicity was available for 837 of the 913 deaths. Of those, 37% occurred among Latinx residents, 28% among white residents, 18% among Asian residents, 14% among African American residents, 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races.

African Americans continue to have the highest rate of death for COVID- 19 when compared to other groups at 13 deaths per 100,000 people, Ferrer said. The mortality rate for Latinx is 9.5; for Asians, the rate is 7.5; and for whites, the rate is 5.5. Individuals living in lower-income communities are three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than individuals living in wealthier communities, with the death rate of 16.5 deaths per 100,000 people in communities where 30% to 100% of residents are living in poverty compared to the death rate of 5.3 per 100,000 people in communities where less than 10% of residents are living in poverty.

As of Sunday, 23% of those who tested positive have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

The continuing increases in cases and deaths in nursing homes prompted the county's health officer Friday to issue a revised order applicable to all licensed "congregate health care," or long-term care, facilities, Ferrer said.

The order bars non-essential visitors to such facilities, allowing only essential workers to enter.

"It suspends all communal dining and activities ... to make sure that there's ample distancing among the residents who reside there," Ferrer said. "Staff will be required to always wear surgical masks and to use personal protective equipment when it's appropriate. And residents will also need to wear surgical masks or cloth face coverings when they're outside of their personal room."

She said the increased testing that will begin Monday is also part of the new health order, but those plans were announced previously due to the continued increase of cases and the knowledge that people who are unknowingly infected can spread the disease even if they have no symptoms.

The increased testing of all nursing home residents and workers, regardless of symptoms, is being done in conjunction with the city of Los Angeles. Ferrer said facilities with the most severe outbreaks will be given top priority, but all facilities will get the increased tests.

The locations with laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases around Los Angeles County, as of Sunday, are:

  • Los Angeles County: 18,666 (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena)
  • Long Beach: 563
  • Pasadena: 299

Confirmed cases by city:

  • Agoura Hills: 30
  • Alhambra: 68
  • Arcadia: 36
  • Artesia: 13
  • Azusa: 49
  • Baldwin Park: 72
  • Bell: 116
  • Bell Gardens: 82
  • Bellflower: 106
  • Beverly Hills: 104
  • Bradbury: 1
  • Burbank: 219
  • Calabasas: 34
  • Carson: 211
  • Cerritos: 48
  • Claremont: 22
  • Commerce: 10
  • Compton: 175
  • Covina: 84
  • Cudahy: 60
  • Culver City: 58
  • Diamond Bar: 33
  • Downey: 187
  • Duarte: 47
  • El Monte: 122
  • El Segundo: 27
  • Gardena: 135
  • Glendale: 481
  • Glendora: 39
  • Hawaiian Gardens: 9
  • Hawthorne: 155
  • Hermosa Beach: 23
  • Huntington Park: 122
  • Industry: 1
  • Inglewood: 270
  • Irwindale: 2
  • La Canada Flintridge: 38
  • La Habra Heights: 2
  • La Mirada: 49
  • La Puente: 34
  • La Verne: 16
  • Lakewood: 74
  • Lancaster: 255
  • Lawndale: 50
  • Lomita: 32
  • Lynwood: 157
  • Malibu: 28
  • Manhattan Beach: 64
  • Maywood: 53
  • Monrovia: 36
  • Montebello: 110
  • Monterey Park: 64
  • Norwalk: 165
  • Palmdale: 352
  • Palos Verdes Estates: 37
  • Paramount: 113
  • Pico Rivera: 140
  • Pomona: 132
  • Rancho Palos Verdes: 51
  • Redondo Beach: 99
  • Rolling Hills: 1
  • Rolling Hills Estates: 13
  • Rosemead: 28
  • San Dimas: 25
  • San Fernando: 68
  • San Gabriel: 28
  • San Marino: 11
  • Santa Clarita: 306
  • Santa Fe Springs: 17
  • Santa Monica: 150
  • Sierra Madre: 5
  • Signal Hill: 7
  • South El Monte: 14
  • South Gate: 213
  • South Pasadena: 60
  • Temple City: 46
  • Torrance: 236
  • Walnut: 22
  • West Covina: 104
  • West Hollywood: 131
  • Westlake Village: 6
  • Whittier: 99
  • Los Angeles: 8896
  • Los Angeles - Adams-Normandie: 24
  • Los Angeles - Alsace: 25
  • Los Angeles - Angelino Heights: 6
  • Los Angeles - Arleta: 76
  • Los Angeles - Atwater Village: 21
  • Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills: 51
  • Los Angeles - Bel Air: 28
  • Los Angeles - Beverly Crest: 32
  • Los Angeles - Beverlywood: 30
  • Los Angeles - Boyle Heights: 157
  • Los Angeles - Brentwood: 63
  • Los Angeles - Cadillac-Corning: 15
  • Los Angeles - Canoga Park: 200
  • Los Angeles - Carthay: 62
  • Los Angeles - Central: 96
  • Los Angeles - Century City: 30
  • Los Angeles - Century Palms/Cove: 72
  • Los Angeles - Chatsworth: 70
  • Los Angeles - Cheviot Hills: 16
  • Los Angeles - Chinatown: 9
  • Los Angeles - Cloverdale/Cochran: 31
  • Los Angeles - Country Club Park: 54
  • Los Angeles - Crenshaw District: 44
  • Los Angeles - Crestview: 59
  • Los Angeles - Del Rey: 46
  • Los Angeles - Downtown: 51
  • Los Angeles - Eagle Rock: 80
  • Los Angeles - East Hollywood: 111
  • Los Angeles - Echo Park: 17
  • Los Angeles - El Sereno: 78
  • Los Angeles - Elysian Park: 9
  • Los Angeles - Elysian Valley: 18
  • Los Angeles - Encino: 75
  • Los Angeles - Exposition: 3
  • Los Angeles - Exposition Park: 109
  • Los Angeles - Faircrest Heights: 2
  • Los Angeles - Figueroa Park Square: 19
  • Los Angeles - Florence-Firestone: 104
  • Los Angeles - Glassell Park: 99
  • Los Angeles - Gramercy Place: 24
  • Los Angeles - Granada Hills: 104
  • Los Angeles - Green Meadows: 49
  • Los Angeles - Hancock Park: 61
  • Los Angeles - Harbor City: 39
  • Los Angeles - Harbor Gateway: 56
  • Los Angeles - Harvard Heights: 47
  • Los Angeles - Harvard Park: 102
  • Los Angeles - Highland Park: 69
  • Los Angeles - Historic Filipinotown: 51
  • Los Angeles - Hollywood: 175
  • Los Angeles - Hollywood Hills: 56
  • Los Angeles - Hyde Park: 47
  • Los Angeles - Jefferson Park: 14
  • Los Angeles - Koreatown: 115
  • Los Angeles - Lafayette Square: 12
  • Los Angeles - Lake Balboa: 66
  • Los Angeles - Lakeview Terrace: 43
  • Los Angeles - Leimert Park: 29
  • Los Angeles - Lincoln Heights: 53
  • Los Angeles - Little Armenia: 78
  • Los Angeles - Little Bangladesh: 63
  • Los Angeles - Little Tokyo: 5
  • Los Angeles - Longwood: 12
  • Los Angeles - Los Feliz: 31
  • Los Angeles - Manchester Square: 11
  • Los Angeles - Mandeville Canyon: 1
  • Los Angeles - Mar Vista: 51
  • Los Angeles - Marina Peninsula: 9
  • Los Angeles - Melrose: 304
  • Los Angeles - Mid-city: 35
  • Los Angeles - Miracle Mile: 35
  • Los Angeles - Mission Hills: 60
  • Los Angeles - Mt. Washington: 33
  • Los Angeles - North Hills: 122
  • Los Angeles - North Hollywood: 283
  • Los Angeles - Northridge: 133
  • Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades: 36
  • Los Angeles - Pacoima: 190
  • Los Angeles - Palisades Highlands: 3
  • Los Angeles - Palms: 94
  • Los Angeles - Panorama City: 209
  • Los Angeles - Park La Brea: 11
  • Los Angeles - Pico-Union: 160
  • Los Angeles - Playa Del Rey: 1
  • Los Angeles - Playa Vista: 18
  • Los Angeles - Porter Ranch: 50
  • Los Angeles - Rancho Park: 11
  • Los Angeles - Regent Square: 1
  • Los Angeles - Reseda: 163
  • Los Angeles - Reseda Ranch: 17
  • Los Angeles - Reynier Village: 8
  • Los Angeles - San Pedro: 157
  • Los Angeles - Shadow Hills: 11
  • Los Angeles - Sherman Oaks: 116
  • Los Angeles - Silverlake: 105
  • Los Angeles - South Carthay: 22
  • Los Angeles - South Park: 95
  • Los Angeles - St Elmo Village: 9
  • Los Angeles - Studio City: 33
  • Los Angeles - Sun Valley: 91
  • Los Angeles - Sunland: 62
  • Los Angeles - Sylmar: 266
  • Los Angeles - Tarzana: 69
  • Los Angeles - Temple-Beaudry: 128
  • Los Angeles - Thai Town: 12
  • Los Angeles - Toluca Lake: 9
  • Los Angeles - Toluca Terrace: 1
  • Los Angeles - Toluca Woods: 3
  • Los Angeles - Tujunga: 53
  • Los Angeles - University Hills: 4
  • Los Angeles - University Park: 65
  • Los Angeles - Valley Glen: 74
  • Los Angeles - Valley Village: 84
  • Los Angeles - Van Nuys: 237
  • Los Angeles - Venice: 43
  • Los Angeles - Vermont Knolls: 47
  • Los Angeles - Vermont Square: 36
  • Los Angeles - Vermont Vista: 91
  • Los Angeles - Vernon Central: 143
  • Los Angeles - Victoria Park: 31
  • Los Angeles - View Heights: 7
  • Los Angeles - Watts: 77
  • Los Angeles - Wellington Square: 10
  • Los Angeles - West Adams: 101
  • Los Angeles - West Hills: 46
  • Los Angeles - West Los Angeles: 51
  • Los Angeles - West Vernon: 163
  • Los Angeles - Westchester: 58
  • Los Angeles - Westlake: 212
  • Los Angeles - Westwood: 43
  • Los Angeles - Wholesale District: 66
  • Los Angeles - Wilmington: 73
  • Los Angeles - Wilshire Center: 92
  • Los Angeles - Winnetka: 119
  • Los Angeles - Woodland Hills: 102
  • Unincorporated - Acton: 8
  • Unincorporated - Agua Dulce: 1
  • Unincorporated - Altadena: 61
  • Unincorporated - Anaverde: 1
  • Unincorporated - Angeles National Forest: 1
  • Unincorporated - Arcadia: 4
  • Unincorporated - Athens-Westmont: 87
  • Unincorporated - Athens Village: 13
  • Unincorporated - Avocado Heights: 13
  • Unincorporated - Azusa: 14
  • Unincorporated - Bassett: 26
  • Unincorporated - Canyon Country: 21
  • Unincorporated - Castaic: 18
  • Unincorporated - Covina: 19
  • Unincorporated - Covina (Charter Oak): 13
  • Unincorporated - Del Aire: 7
  • Unincorporated - Del Sur: 3
  • Unincorporated - Desert View Highlands: 2
  • Unincorporated - Duarte: 7
  • Unincorporated - East La Mirada: 7
  • Unincorporated - East Los Angeles: 308
  • Unincorporated - East Rancho Dominguez: 17
  • Unincorporated - East Whittier: 4
  • Unincorporated - El Camino Village: 6
  • Unincorporated - Florence-Firestone: 153
  • Unincorporated - Glendora: 1
  • Unincorporated - Hacienda Heights: 46
  • Unincorporated - Hawthorne: 3
  • Unincorporated - Kagel/Lopez Canyons: 1
  • Unincorporated - La Crescenta-Montrose: 16
  • Unincorporated - La Rambla: 6
  • Unincorporated - La Verne: 1
  • Unincorporated - Ladera Heights: 15
  • Unincorporated - Lake Los Angeles: 15
  • Unincorporated - Lake Manor: 2
  • Unincorporated - Lennox: 35
  • Unincorporated - Leona Valley: 1
  • Unincorporated - Littlerock: 4
  • Unincorporated - Littlerock/Juniper Hills: 1
  • Unincorporated - Littlerock/Pearblossom: 6
  • Unincorporated - Llano: 1
  • Unincorporated - Marina del Rey: 11
  • Unincorporated - Monrovia: 5
  • Unincorporated - North Whittier: 6
  • Unincorporated - Northeast San Gabriel: 13
  • Unincorporated - Palmdale: 2
  • Unincorporated - Pearblossom/Llano: 2
  • Unincorporated - Quartz Hill: 25
  • Unincorporated - Rancho Dominguez: 10
  • Unincorporated - Rosewood: 3
  • Unincorporated - Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez: 5
  • Unincorporated - Rowland Heights: 44
  • Unincorporated - San Jose Hills: 16
  • Unincorporated - Santa Catalina Island: 2
  • Unincorporated - Santa Monica Mountains: 9
  • Unincorporated - Saugus: 2
  • Unincorporated - South El Monte: 1
  • Unincorporated - South San Gabriel: 7
  • Unincorporated - South Whittier: 60
  • Unincorporated - Stevenson Ranch: 16
  • Unincorporated - Sun Village: 4
  • Unincorporated - Sunrise Village: 1
  • Unincorporated - Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain: 4
  • Unincorporated - Val Verde: 7
  • Unincorporated - Valencia: 4
  • Unincorporated - Valinda: 26
  • Unincorporated - View Park/Windsor Hills: 23
  • Unincorporated - Walnut Park: 40
  • Unincorporated - West Antelope Valley: 2
  • Unincorporated - West Carson: 53
  • Unincorporated - West LA: 19
  • Unincorporated - West Puente Valley: 13
  • Unincorporated - West Rancho Dominguez: 2
  • Unincorporated - West Whittier/Los Nietos: 30
  • Unincorporated - White Fence Farms: 2
  • Unincorporated - Whittier: 4
  • Unincorporated - Willowbrook: 42
  • Unincorporated - Wiseburn: 5
  • Under Investigation: 1327

City News Service contributed to this report.

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This article originally appeared on the Los Angeles Patch