Health officials in Los Angeles County reported another 76 deaths due to COVID-19 today, bringing the county's death toll to 1,913.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county's Director of Public Health, also reported another 1,183 cases of the coronavirus, bringing the countywide total to 39,573.
The spike in number of cases and deaths on Tuesday is largely due to a backlog in testing and results that occurs over the weekend. However, the number of deaths and confirmed cases are on a downward trend. The downward trend has led to local leaders relaxing some of its health restrictions. Most retail businesses in the county were allowed to reopen for curbside pickup only, along with requirements for face coverings and social distancing.
Other recreational activities, such as tennis courts and equestrian centers, were also allowed to reopen.
The county's beaches reopened last Wednesday for active use only, attracting large crowds in some locations -- notably Malibu -- as people took advantage of the first weekend of permissible coastline activity in two months.
So far, L.A. County's Public Health department has tested nearly 359,000 individuals, with about 9% of those tested, confirmed to have COVID-19.
Currently, 5,914 people - or about 15% of positive cases have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. At present, there are 1,549 people who are currently hospitalized for the coronavirus, with 27% of those people in the ICU and 19% on ventilators.
The number of confirmed cases around Southern California include:
- Los Angeles County: 39,573 cases - 1,913 deaths
- Orange County: 4,500 cases - 88 deaths
- Riverside County: 5,952 cases - 261 deaths
- Ventura County: cases 825 cases - 25 deaths
- San Bernardino County: 3,593 cases - 155 deaths
- San Diego County: 5,946 cases - 211 deaths
Statewide, there are more than 81,904 cases with at least 3,296 deaths reported. According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 1,519,986 cases nationwide with the death toll reaching 91,187 by Monday afternoon.