Tue. Mar 31st, 2020

59 More Coronavirus Cases Confirmed, 2 New Deaths In LA County

The threat continues to grow, as two more Los Angeles residents have died from COVID-19, and an additional 59 people in the county have tested positive for the disease, bringing the total to four deaths and 351 people infected, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. 

As of Saturday night, 69 positive cases have been hospitalized.

Earlier Saturday, Public Health issued an enhanced health officer order to reconcile elements in the March 19 order necessary to be consistent with the governor’s order. The enhanced order prohibits all gatherings and events, and clarifies that golf courses and personal grooming services — including hair and nail salons — are nonessential services and are closed.

The order can be found online at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.

“The risk is spread across everybody who lives here in Los Angeles County,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, head of county health. “Younger people, while they may have a better outcome (from an infection) … are in fact one of the largest groups of people that we have tested who are positive for COVID- 19.”

Health officials have stressed since the outbreak began that while older people, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women can suffer more severe consequences from contracting coronavirus, the threat of being diagnosed with the illness is spread across all age groups. And while younger patients may suffer lesser symptoms, they can still spread the illness to people who may become more severely ill.

Statewide, the number of cases topped 1,000 on Friday, with the California Department of Public Health putting the number at 1,006, including 19 deaths. Gov. Gavin Newsom warned Thursday that the number of California cases is likely to skyrocket in the coming weeks, with the state projecting the possibility of 25.5 million cases — roughly 56% of the population — within two months.

The ominous figures prompted state and local officials on Thursday to issue stern warnings for residents to remain indoors as much as possible.

Los Angeles County issued a “Safer At Home” order, which officials insisted was a step below a lockdown or shelter-in-place requirement. But the order calls on residents to stay home as much as possible, leaving only for essential needs such as picking up food, groceries or medications. The order calls for nonessential retail stores to close their doors, and for residents to work at home whenever possible.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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