L.A. County reported another 42 deaths today, sending the death toll in the region above 400.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county's public health director, said the figure included some of the fatalities reported Tuesday afternoon by health officials in Long Beach and Pasadena, which both have their own health departments. The death toll in L.A. County is 403, after Long Beach reported another death Wednesday afternoon. One of the deaths reported Wednesday afternoon, included a person between 18 and 40 years old, which she said was a reminder that while mortality rates are higher for older individuals, "people of all ages can in fact pass away from COVID-19.
Ferrer also reported another 472 cases of COVID-19 were also confirmed in the county, bringing the countywide total to 10,496. Among those, are 28 cases are of homeless people, six of whom were residing in county shelters when they were diagnosed.
L.A. County officials are also investigating at least 205 institutional settings, which have confirmed at least one case of coronavirus. The institutions, which include nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, jails and prisons, have reported at least 1,764 cases. At least 133 residents in those institutional settings have died, representing about 33 percent of all deaths countywide.
As of Tuesday, more than 67,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in L.A. County with about 11% of people having tested positive.
Dr. Ferrer said she'd been in touch with Gov. Gavin Newsom about what type of benchmarks might be used to determine when stay-at-home orders can be lifted. And while the orders will likely remain in effect until at least the middle of May, she warned life would not look the same as it did a few months ago.
“We will continue to need physical distancing requirements and directives for many months to come,” she said. “Our goal is to get as many people back to work as possible, but we also need to make sure we do this in a way that protects all employees, employers and customers."
The number of confirmed cases around the Southland include:
- Los Angeles County: 10,047 cases - 360 deaths
- Orange County: 1,376 cases - 22 deaths
- Riverside County: 1,961 cases - 50 deaths
- Ventura County: 350 cases - 13 deaths
- San Bernardino County: 977 cases - 31 deaths
- San Diego County: 1,961 cases - 53 deaths
Statewide, there are more than 25,891 cases with at least 804 deaths reported. According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 614,482 cases nationwide with the death toll reaching 27,085 by Wednesday afternoon.