Los Angeles County health officials reported 953 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths on Saturday, Oct. 17, bringing the county’s totals to 288,136 cases with 6,863 fatalities.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said the relatively low number of cases might be a result of several missing reports from Friday evening.

A total of 746 people were hospitalized due to the virus as of Saturday, up from 735 on Friday, 723 on Thursday, 720 on Wednesday and 692 on Tuesday.

Although coronavirus hospitalizations have been generally trending downward since July, health officials still fear a potential spike in hospital demand if the region experiences a severe flu season while the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging, and are recommending flu shots for all in hopes of avoiding a surge of hospital demand due to influenza and COVID-19.

Saturday’s report did not include updated totals from the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena, cities that operate their own health departments. Pasadena added eight additional cases Saturday, for a total of 2,680, but its death toll remained at 129. Long Beach did not update its totals Saturday; as of Friday, the city reported 12,612 cases and 255 deaths.

The department continues to urge residents to learn and abide by new county and state guidance which allow limited private gatherings with three or fewer households. All private gatherings must occur outdoors. Attendees must wear a cloth face covering when they are together except when they are eating or drinking and keep at least six feet of physical distance. Food must be served in single-serve disposable containers, and the duration of the gathering should be two hours or less.

It is recommended that if residents do gather with two other households, that they do so with the same households each time, creating a quasi-bubble that can reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.

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“To slow community spread of COVID-19 in our county we must all partner together; businesses and residents must do their part and adopt the infection control measures that we know to be effective,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Each of us has the opportunity every single day to make the right choices for our health and the health of those around us. If we work together to limit transmission and slow the spread of COVID-19, not only will the county move to a less restrictive tier that allows us to consider additional re-openings, we will save lives.”

Of the 10 deaths reported Saturday, two people were over the age of 80, four people were between 65 and 79, two were between 50 and 64, and one person was between 30 and 49.

All deaths reported by Los Angeles County were people who had underlying health conditions.

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