42 New Deaths, 793 New Confirmed Instances – .
On Saturday, the Los Angeles County Department of Health released new data confirming 42 new deaths from Covid-19 and 793 new cases. The department also said daily hospital stays in LA County fell below 1,000 for the first time since Nov. 23, due to the virus.
The new numbers reported bring LA County to a total of 22,446 deaths and 1,209,632 identified cases.
COVID-19 hospital stays fall below 1,000; LA County Health Officer Order Updated –
42 new deaths and 793 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. View from https://t.co/GZHJJxQ0JX pic.twitter.com/9XzsBMTKzm
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) March 13, 2021
At the time of reporting, 979 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19, 29% of whom are in intensive care. Test results were made available to nearly 5,946,000 people, with 19% testing positive. In particular, the test positivity rate on Saturday was 1.8%. Although the number of hospitalizations due to the virus continues to decline, it is still considered high.
14 of today’s new deaths were from people over 80 years of age. 12 people lost to the virus were between 65 and 79 years old. 10 were between 50 and 64 years old, three people between 30 and 49 years old. Of the reported deaths, five were from Long Beach City.
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Today’s news follows a big announcement yesterday that saw Los Angeles County along with twelve others move into the red reopening stage, which was closely aligned with a state-announced framework. That shift came, following the state’s blueprint for a safer economy, after some of its hardest hit communities were given 2 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Daily Update:
March 13, 2021
New cases: 793 (previously 1,209,632)
New deaths: 42 (so far 22,446)
Current hospital stays: 979 pic.twitter.com/2Dhpk2JVXl
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) March 14, 2021
As a result of this transition to the red row, indoor cinemas, museums, zoos, aquariums, and restaurants may reopen at 25% capacity from Monday, March 15 at 00:01 AM in LA County. Gyms, fitness centers, yoga and dance studios can be opened indoors to a 10% capacity, with a masking requirement required for all indoor activities, while retail and personal care services can increase capacity to 50% provided the same security conditions are observed . Indoor shopping centers can also increase capacity to 50%, but public areas will remain closed. At the same time, schools and universities can be reopened for personal activities with the necessary security changes.
With LA County on the red row, private gatherings of up to three separate households are allowed indoors, provided masking and social distancing are in place. In the meantime, fully vaccinated people can gather in small groups with other people who have received both vaccines without the need for masking or distancing.
In the latest Public Health report, Director Barbara Ferrer noted that as a county we have “made good progress and we have further progress to make.
“We urge everyone to exercise caution and judgment over the next critical weeks and months to avoid spikes, hospitalizations, and deaths like the ones we saw in late 2020 and early 2021. Don’t let your guard down. Keep following all safety precautions, ”she added. “Stay masked, stay at least 3 meters away from others, and remember that outdoor activities are far safer than indoor activities.”