Los Angeles County reported 1,476 more cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional deaths today, bringing the county's totals to 192,167 cases and 4,692 deaths.
Both numbers represented a decrease from the previous several days, but officials said new cases and reported deaths are typically lower on weekends as some labs only report on weekdays.
Of the new cases reported Sunday, 68% occurred among individuals under the age of 50, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The cumulative total of cases among people between 18 and 49 years olds is 60%.
"We join in prayer and sorrow with all those experiencing loss during this pandemic and send our wishes for peace and healing,'' said Barbara Ferrer, the county's director of public health. "We are hopeful that collective actions taken over the past couple of weeks have allowed us to get back to the work of slowing the spread. It is important to keep in mind that we will need to continue with all the modifications and sacrifices for weeks to come.
"This is especially true if we want to see our schools re-open for classroom instruction. With increased contact among non-household members, there are many more opportunities for transmission of COVID-19, particularly when public health directives are not followed. We're safer in the community only if we follow the very specific directives issued by public health. We have a collective responsibility to take immediate action, as individuals and businesses, to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Health Officer Orders are clear about what we need to do. If we can't find it in us to follow these mandates, including wearing face coverings, distancing when around others, and not having or attending gatherings with non-household members, we jeopardize our ability to move forward on our recovery journey.''
Hospital admissions have been leveling off over the past week, with 1,856 people hospitalized as of Sunday and 31% in intensive care. That's a drop from 2,002 hospitalizations on Friday.
Testing results were available for 1,790,586 individuals with 10% of all people testing positive, Ferrer said.
Of the 23 deaths reported Sunday, seven were over the age of 80, six were between 65 and 79, six were between 50 and 64, three were between 30 and 49 and one person was between 18 to 29.
They all had underlying health conditions, officials said.