29 new Santa Clarita coronavirus cases have been confirmed Tuesday, with 1,440 additional cases being confirmed within Los Angeles County.
The Santa Clarita Valley cumulative total is now 4,726, and the L.A. County total of cumulative coronavirus cases stands at 211,808 as of Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH).
“L.A. County has hit a tragic milestone today — more than 5,000 of our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers have died because of COVID-19. This is heartbreaking and reminds us of the human toll of this pandemic. Our hearts go out to the many families that have lost a love one to this pandemic,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer. director of Public Health. “One of the deaths we are reporting today is of a young adult under the age of 29.:
The state has determined there has been under-reporting of COVID-19 cases due to technical issues with the electronic laboratory system (ELR), but the backlogged results are expected to become available in coming days according to Governor Gavin Newsom.
Public Health has noted issues with the State electronic lab reporting system for about two weeks.
Once the data reporting issues are fixed, the number of cases is expected to increase, according to the department.
“This is a reminder that the risk for all of us is real and that no matter how young you are, this virus can be deadly,: Barger said. “We must continue to adopt practices that slow the spread of this virus; this allows us to prevent these untimely deaths. Please practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, wash your hands and avoid gathering with people you don’t live with.”
Data sources that track other key indicators, including hospitalizations and deaths, are not affected by this reporting issue.
A total of 1,524 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 throughout L.A. County, according to Public Health.
Of those hospitalized, 32 percent of patients are in the intensive care unit (ICU) as of Tuesday, according to the department.
Testing results are available for over 1,965,000 individuals as of Tuesday, with a daily positivity rate of 10 percent, according to public health officials.
63 additional deaths have been reported within the county Tuesday, for a total of 5,057 recorded people who have died due to coronavirus in Los Angeles County since March.
As of Tuesday, a total of 4,726 cumulative cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Santa Clarita Valley since testing began in March. These include:
- 2,503 in the City of Santa Clarita*
- 97 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country
- 1,870 in Castaic*
- 21 in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
- 131 in Stevenson Ranch
- 38 in the unincorporated areas of Valencia
- 50 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde
- Six in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
- Four in the unincorporated areas of Bouquet Canyon
- One in the unincorporated areas of Saugus/Canyon Country
- Five in unincorporated Sand Canyon
*As of Monday, Aug. 10, officials had recorded 1,322 cumulative cases among prisoners at the North County Correctional Facility, and 495 at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center. Those cases are counted in both the City of Santa Clarita and Castaic totals.
Additionally, 54 cases have been confirmed in nearby Acton as well as 21 in Agua Dulce.
An analysis of available data indicates that as of Monday, Aug. 10, reads that less than 40 percent of all cumulative cases in and around the Santa Clarita Valley can be attributed to the inmate population at the North County Correctional Facility and the Pitchess Detention Center.
As of Friday, Aug. 7, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital has conducted 5,697 COVID-19 tests. Of those, 700 have tested positive, and 106 tests are still pending with Henry Mayo, according to Patrick Moody, spokesperson for the hospital.
There are nine patients in the hospital as of Friday, while 206 patients have been discharged since the hospital’s first case was reported in March, according to Moody.
A majority of all deaths in the county had underlying health conditions, according to public health, further encouraging those with medical issues to stay home, if possible.
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