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Los Angeles COVID-19 update: County confirms 41 additional deaths and 1,032 new positive cases

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Get updates on the coronavirus in Los Angeles County including the latest new COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as coronavirus news from Mayor Garcetti, LA County health officials and California Governor Gavin Newsom.
LOS ANGELES — Here are the current numbers of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and across Southern California:Officials on Saturday confirmed an additional 41 deaths in Los Angeles County, bringing the region’s death toll to 2,090, and 1,032 new COVID-19 cases. The total number of positive cases across the county now stands at 44,055. Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions and 14 percent of individuals who tested positive for the virus were hospitalized at one point. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday that parking lots at Cabrillo Beach and Venice Beach have been allowed to reopen. During his coronavirus briefing on Friday, Mayor Garcetti also made the announcement that the Los Angeles River will reopen for recreation on Monday. Walking and biking will be permitted — and visitors should wear masks or face shields and practice physical distancing. More information can be found here The COVID-19 death rate is four times higher for L. A. County residents living in poverty compared to those who are not, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said on Friday. »We continue to see that people who live in areas with high rates of poverty have now almost four times the rate of deaths from COVID-19 at 41 deaths per 100,000 people compared with those people who are living in communities with very low poverty levels, where the death rates are 11 deaths per 100,000. The data remains deeply disturbing and it will require a lot of collaboration and work with our partners to address the inequities, » Ferrer said at the daily county briefing. Also at the briefing, Ferrer confirmed an additional 35 deaths and 1,072 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s total to 2,049 fatalities and 43,052 cases. Officials on Thursday confirmed an additional 46 deaths and 1,204 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region’s total to 42,037 confirmed cases. The county reached a « very sad milestone » as county public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced that the region now has seen over 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths. That figure puts the rate of death at more than 20 deaths per 100,000 people in L. A. County. That’s a stark comparison to San Francisco County, which has only seen 37 deaths as of May 20, with just about four deaths per 100,000 people. New York City on the other hand has a death rate of about 240 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University. The city has seen nearly 21,000 COVID-19 deaths. Health officials on Wednesday confirmed an additional 57 deaths and 1,324 new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County. There are now 40,857 positive coronavirus cases and 1,970 total deaths across the county. Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the sharp increase in new cases is due to a backlog from testing over the weekend. The state-funded Los Angeles Surge Hospital is expected to close at the end of June. The Los Angeles Times reports that the hospital opened five weeks ago at the former Saint Vincent Medical Center to treat an anticipated overflow of coronavirus cases. A source in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration told the Times that it was set up to handle as many as 270 patients a day but has never had more than 25 patients at a time.

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