Los Angeles County reported 48 new deaths and 607 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. Long Beach, which has its own health department, reported 26 new cases, bringing the county overall to 895 deaths and more than 19,100 cases.
” This previous week in L.A. County, we doubled the number of deaths from COVID-19 and detected more than 7,000 brand-new cases,” Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health, stated in a declaration.
Of the people who most just recently died, 37 were older than 65, and 9 were ages 41-65, officials said. Thirty-eight had underlying health conditions.
” Due to the fact that we are still seeing a considerable increase in new cases and deaths, we ask that you continue to stay at home as much as possible,” Ferrer said.
After appearing to level off for a time, the number of COVID-19 cases reported by the county has actually risen at a rapid clip over the past week.
Some of that is due to increased screening, as well as the clearing of a backlog of pending test results, officials said.
As of Saturday, almost 114,000 people had actually been tested and received their results, with about 15%of them evaluating favorable.
On Thursday, COVID-19 became the leading cause of death in L.A. County, exceeding deaths from cancer, influenza, emphysema and heart disease.
In the middle of the continued increases, temperatures have actually risen, with the region experiencing the year’s first significant heat wave.
” Continue to do your part and conserve lives,” Ferrer stated.