Los Angeles County reported another 50 deaths related to the coronavirus on Saturday, Aug. 1, a decrease from Friday’s 69 reported deaths.

The death toll continues to remain higher than the average daily fatalities reported last week of about 38, according to the Department of Public Health.

The county also reported another 2,303 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 190,693 people who have tested positive. A total of 4,669 have now died.

Two of the new deaths were reported by the city of Pasadena and one new death was reported by the city of Long Beach.

Ninety-two percent of the people who have died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions.

“The number of deaths we are seeing is a sad reminder of the devastation COVID-19 causes. We can save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19 by modifying our behavior when we are around others,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in the Saturday health report. “Only by doing our part and working together can we reduce transmission to a lower rate that allows more people to get back to work and allows our children to return to their classrooms.”

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LA County reports another 69 coronavirus deaths

“Hopefully, as you make your decisions about how to spend this beautiful weekend, you will do so understanding your power to affect the health of the entire community,” she added.

While Saturday showed a slight decrease in deaths from Friday, officials warned that coronavirus numbers are expected to climb in coming weeks. Reported deaths are considered a lagging indicator, reflecting behaviors from weeks ago, officials said. Graphs presented by Ferrer Wednesday, July 29, showed that while the average daily death rate over a seven-day period has dropped since May, it saw a steady increase in July.

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Of the county’s new deaths, excluding Pasadena and Long Beach:

12 people were over the age of 80;
15 people were between the ages of 65 and 79;
15 people were between the ages of 50 and 64;
Five people were between the ages of 30 and 49; and
36 people had underlying health conditions. That included the 12 people over the age of 80, 13 people between the ages of 65 and 79; seven people between the ages of 50 and 64; and four between the ages of 30 and 49.

Nearly 1.8 million people have been tested in the county — 10% of whom have tested positive for the virus. The CDC released guidelines two weeks ago …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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