56 New Deaths, 521 New Optimistic Circumstances – .
On Saturday, the Los Angeles County Department of Health reported 56 new deaths from Covid-19 and 521 new positive cases.
While the latest numbers show Covid-19 case rates, hospital stays and deaths continue to decline in LA, new cases and deaths shared today may reflect delays in weekend reporting.
Today’s public health report brings LA County to a total of 1,213,784 identified cases of Covid-19 and 22,777 deaths.
At the time of reporting, 827 LA County residents are hospitalized with Covid-19. 27% of these people are currently in intensive care. The test results have now been made available to more than 6 million people, with 19% of the tests being positive.
21 of the people reported dead today were over 80 years old. 19 of the deceased were between 65 and 79 years old, 13 between 50 and 64 years and three between 30 and 49 years.
New COVID-19 cases continue to be highest in people under 50 and COVID-19 deaths highest in people over 50. Public health reports 56 new deaths and 521 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in LA County. Further information can be found at https://t.co/SQ26u54V9H. pic.twitter.com/ZI6FMfrvck
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) March 20, 2021
It was important for public health to note that younger people are the ones who continue to drive Covid-19 transmission in the county. While 93% of the deaths reported today were in people over the age of 50, 70% of the new cases were from people under that age.
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“Many younger people are in contact with non-household members and raise concerns that asymptomatic young people are unwittingly contributing to the transmission of the virus to more vulnerable people. While we are making good progress in our vaccination efforts, we are entering a potentially dangerous time as people lose their vigilance, ”said Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health. “It is important that we continue to be disciplined about the use of face masks, physically distancing ourselves, avoiding large gatherings, and delaying non-essential travel. This is particularly important with the county’s recent relocation to the Red Plain and the lifting of restrictions. “
With LA County in the red row of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, cinemas, museums, zoos, aquariums, and restaurants have reopened at 25% capacity. Gyms, fitness centers, yoga and dance studios are allowed to reopen with a capacity of 10%, with a masking requirement for all indoor activities, while retail and personal care services are allowed to increase the capacity to 50% under the same security conditions are confirmed. Indoor shopping centers have managed to reach 50% capacity, although the public areas remain closed. In addition, the school and colleges have reopened for personal activities with the necessary security changes.
Currently, indoor private gatherings with up to three separate households are allowed, provided there is masking and social distancing. 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.